What We’re Reading: December 30, 2010 Edition

Virginia History textbooks errorsThis week we note an upcoming registration deadline for the NHA Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day, new errors found in a Virginia history textbook, history teaching in Britian, and advice for those interviewing for jobs at the annual meeting. We also link to an article on U.S. population migration over the past century, thoughts on citing e-books, some belated holiday history, and a look at the brutality of Medieval warfare.

News

Teaching

  • Some Va. history texts filled with errors, review finds
    The Washington Post digs deeper into the recent Virginia textbooks controversy, over the factually incorrect Our Virginia: Past and Present. Closer scrutiny from a group of scholars turn up of "dozens" of additional mistakes in the textbook. The Post reports that the publisher at the center of the controversy is now planning to hire a professional historian for revisions, but also reports that one county in Virginia just adopted the books, because "Their product is substantially less expensive.” Update: AHA Executive Director James Grossman spoke with WTOP reporter Kate Ryan yesterday about the need for professional standards when it comes to writing history textbooks.
  • History teaching: ‘A total disgrace’
    Actor Colin Firth and historians Tariq Ali and Niall Ferguson discuss the "disastrous" state of history teaching in Britain and proposals for reform there. See also the full program that Firth guest edited.

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Contributors: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, and Robert B. Townsend

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