Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Hardworking, dilligent and intelligent Singaporeans failed to detect school texbook error for seven years

An error in a history textbook used by secondary schools in Singapore has gone undetected for seven years, until now.

In an explanation of governance in ancient China, the textbook erroneously refers to "feudal lords" during the Shang and Western Zhou dynasties as the "shi" - a glaring inaccuracy, say history academics and experts.

The "shi", they point out, are the nobles and intellectuals who may hold positions in government and sometimes own land, but they ultimately yield to the feudal class, reported Lianhe Wanbao.

The textbook with the conspicuous mistake is "The Living Past - History of Ancient India, China and Southeast Asia", which is approved by the Ministry of Education (MOE).

Now in its second edition, the first version was approved by MOE for use back in 2006 - eadvantage