Thursday, November 6, 2008

What do schools textbooks say about Israel and Jews?

Jewish educators often think that their job focuses on teaching Jewish history, philosophy and texts, but believe that what goes on in math or social studies is beyond their purview. Who writes the textbooks that our students use the rest of the day?

A recent study found that there are real concerns about the way Judaism is portrayed in standard student textbooks. In an article entitled "US textbooks misrepresent Jews, Israel" the Jerusalem Post reports on an organization that has studied American school textbooks and has found that their messages are potentially damaging to the perception of the Jewish community.

See the JPost story here
and a summary of the findings here -

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