Children in Virginia public schools are using a $50 “bargain” textbook that’s riddled with factual errors, according to a WTOP.com report. The textbook, Our Virginia, is currently in use in Fairfax County schools and is under consideration in Prince Williams County schools as well. It has already been removed from classrooms in Loudon County.
The book is on an official list that recommends it for fourth-grade classrooms. After the errors were discovered, the state’s education superintendent, Patricia Wright, alerted the Board of Education that publishers should provide documentation for the information included in such textbooks. She didn’t provide any suggestions how they might accomplish this.
Included in the book’s errors were that the U.S. entered World War I in 1916, although the correct date is 1917. The book also said there were 12 states in the Confederacy, the actual number being 11.
The errors began popping up after educators found a statement in the book stating that African-American soldiers fought for the Confederacy in large numbers during the Civil War, a fact disputed by most historians.