‘BRAINWASHING SCHEME’:TSU lawmaker Lai Chen-chang said the new books were propaganda designed to cover up the KMT’s former disregard for human rights
Date: Jul 02, 2015
By: Chang Hsiao-ti / Staff reporter
The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) caucus yesterday urged teachers not to use the new
version of high-school social studies textbooks approved by the National Academy for Educational Research (NAER), which it said contain distorted and unsubstantiated historical information and aim to instill a China-centric mindset in young Taiwanese.
“The Ministry of Education has claimed that it was only responsible for reviewing high-school curricula and that it was up to textbook publishers to decide the content of the books they print,” TSU caucus whip Lai Chen-chang (賴振昌) told a news conference in Taipei.
However, Lai said that since the new curriculum has been “painted red,” most of the publishers have fallen in line, printing textbooks that do not conform to historical facts.
Singling out the Shi Ji Cultural Publishing Co (史記文化事業), Lai said that the company combined the histories of Taiwan and China into what it called “national history,” which also included historical events that occurred during the Japanese colonial era. [FULL STORY]