Memo to Publisher McGraw-Hill: ‘Slaves’ Were Not ‘Workers’ (Watch)

Mother in Texas makes publisher write truth in history book

*“Erasure is real y’all!!! Teach your children the truth!!!”

That is what one African American mother in Texas is proclaiming after she contacted publishing giant, McGraw-Hill, after her son sent her a snapchat shot of a page in his 9th grade history that described Africans and African Americans from the Atlantic Slave Trade as “workers” instead of “slaves,” making it appear as if they were merely immigrants who voluntarily boarded ships headed to America.

Thanks to Roni Dean-Burren, the publisher has agreed to revise the language and make the factual elimination clear. The book was an edition created especially for the state of Texas and the 2010 adoption of their new state standards.

Opening up to a graphic titled “Patterns of Immigration,” (Scroll down) he snapped a photo of the map’s caption, which reads:

The Atlantic Slave Trade between the 1500s and the 1800s brought millions of workers from Africa to the southern United States to work on agricultural plantations.

A closer examination of the book by Dean-Burren had her recognize that although the European indentured servants are described as working for “little or no pay,” there was no further mention of black slaves; their presence is simply portrayed as part of “immigration.”

“Erasure is real y’all!!! Teach your children the truth!!!” Dean-Burren commented alongside a video of the textbook, which has already been viewed more than 1.6 million times on Facebook.

Hard for the publisher to ignore. And they totally agreed as stated in the video report (scroll down). Though they are steadfast in saying, “This program addresses slavery in several world lessons and meets the learning objectives of the course.” While on the other end, promising to clarify the caption’s language about slavery. (A full Table of Contents for this edition is not available online.)

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The state of Texas has been getting poor grades with regard to the setup of their learning objectives; and this has been a problem for educators and historians.

The state is seen as a prime example of many states’ abysmal social studies standards, earning a “D” in one review done by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a right-leaning think tank, which awarded the nation 18 “F”s, 11 “D”s, 12 “C”s, and a single, shining “A”: South Carolina.

Students performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) was cited, and the Institute’s writers bemoaned that America is creating a “generation of students who don’t understand or value our own nation’s history” by relying on overly ideological curricula, influenced by both the left and the right.

“Even as the left pushes stories of American perfidy, the right counters with triumphal accounts of American perfection,” the report goes on to say — and adds that arguing either slant handicaps students’ ability to understand the world around them.


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