Saturday, 30 November 2013

S Korea tweaks school history

Bangkok Post tells us :-

South Korea's Education Ministry has ordered revisions to a number of high school history textbooks, part of a long-running ideological battle over the narrative of modern Korean nationhood.

In a statement Friday, the ministry said the publishers of seven government-approved textbooks had been ordered to revise 41 instances of "obscure and unbalanced" descriptions of history.

Failure to do so would result in publication of the books being halted completely, the ministry said.

The 41 corrections demanded by the ministry involved writings on subjects ranging from civilian killings during the 1950-53 Korean War, territorial disputes with Japan and North Korean human rights abuses.


Sackerson said...

It is noh mistri
Wi mekkin histri
It is noh mistri
Wi winnin victri

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Demetrius said...

Rewriting history. Time Team today suggests that the actual site of the 1066 family row is a road junction nearby rather than the place long assumed. A lot of this goes on. When I went through the muster rolls of the 71st Foot in detail, I realised that the story of the regiment in the Napoleonic Wars did not match up with the stated history once you checked out in detail all the soldiers. As ever, it was all a little more complicated.

A K Haart said...

Sackers - it's an old story isn't it? Winner's fiction.

Demetrius - yes and it makes history interesting because there is always much to add and many nuances not accounted for.