Many times when we talk about the dangers of the internet it deals with kids that could be put in harm's way or personal information that could be stolen. You can add another to that list. Information that isn't accurate.
The last danger is the one playing out in Virginia. It all has to do with a history book Virginia's Education Department approved that wrongly claims thousands of black troops fought for the Confederacy.
Schools are now being informed about the mistake after a fourth-grader's parent discovered the error in the Civil War chapter of "Our Virginia: Past and Present." The parent is also a history professor at the College of William and Mary.
Professor Carol Sheriff says blacks occasionally took up arms to defend their masters, but it was illegal to use blacks as soldiers in the Confederacy until toward the war's end. Sheriff says none of those companies saw action on the battlefront and most worked involuntarily as laborers.
So here's the million dollar question. Where did that information come from that ended up in the book? "Our Virginia" author Joy Masoff told The Washington Post that she found the passage on the Internet. That raises another question. What about those who are supposed to review textbooks before approving them? How did this mistake get by them?
In this age where you can find everything and anything on the internet, it's worth remembering, just because it's on the internet doesn't mean it's true. That's a lesson students in Virginia have certainly learned!!
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