ERIC Number: ED193136
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
The Treatment of Jewish History in World Civilization Textbooks: A Report to the Dallas Independent School District.
Mason, Betty; And Others
The paper discusses a study undertaken to evaluate how Jews and Jewish history are treated in three textbooks used in public high schools in Dallas. It also presents findings from the study, and recommends activities and supplementary materials which give a more realistic and comprehensive picture of Jewish history. Major objectives were to identify shortcomings of textbooks with regard to Jewish history and to offer suggestions to teachers on overcoming these shortcomings. Textbooks evaluated were "People and Our World," (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1977), "The Human Expression: A History of Peoples and Their Cultures," (J.B. Lippincott Co., 1977), and "The Ecumene: Story of Humanity," (Harper & Row, 1973). The document is presented in three sections. Section I introduces the study and summarizes criteria by which the textbooks were evaluated. Criteria included, Does the book recognize the Jewish roots of Christianity? Are Jews treated as an obsolete remnant of a past civilization? and Is the emphasis on persecution at the expense of intellectual and economic achievement? Section II presents evaluative information. For each book, a summary evaluation is given, followed by general comments and a unit by unit review of omissions and inaccuracies. Page numbers and quotations are given. Of the three textbooks reviewed, "People and Our World" scored the best on treatment of Jewish history. Section III presents a chronology of Jewish history, identifies major concepts in world and American Jewish history, and suggests specific materials and activities for improving the curriculum. A bibliography concludes the document. (DB)
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Ethnic Stereotypes, Ethnic Studies, Information Needs, Jews, Learning Activities, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Textbook Bias, Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation, World History
Dallas Chapter of the American Jewish Committee, 1809 Tower Building, Dallas, TX 75201 ($3.75)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Texas State Univ., Denton. Coll. of Education.; National Council on Measurement in Education, Washington, DC.; Dallas Independent School District, TX.