It’ll be interesting to see what kind of PC approved ‘stereotypes’ takes their place.
Think of italy, and pizza or pasta comes to mind, Africa, and natives comes to mind, sheeeesh, the madness of it all. Are they saying that banging bongos and wearing a loin cloth is ….wrong…? Well, in any regards, they’re making value judgements in spite of their intentions, all the while they’re trying to be so pc.
NOTE: One part I do approve of changing, is the treating of Stalin and communism/socialism in general, with caution, both need to be as demonized as Hitler and his Leftist Fascism.
Primary school textbooks have limited space and complicated ideas need concise explanations. Eeva Rinne, a doctoral researcher from Tampere University, says that due to such constraints many textbooks take the easy way out, all too often resorting to stereotypes.
Rinne pores over a secondary school domestic science textbook, explaining the illustrations:
”In Africa people are playing bongo drums and maybe wearing loincloths. Finland is embodied by Christmas elves. This is interesting… this Australian. He has a loincloth and traditional instruments, but he’s western-looking,” she says.
Invisible Russia and the land of Santa
Rinne analysed a variety of textbooks, including tomes from geography, history and social studies departments. One thing that she noticed was that Russia was often portrayed as a threat.
“In geography books Russia is almost invisible in terms of Finland. Russia is not necessarily mentioned at all as Finland’s neighbouring country,” Rinne points out.
Nokia’s Emäkoski school’s history and social sciences teacher Kaj Raiskio says he is familiar with the weaknesses of textbooks.
“The different professions can be very stereotypical and, for example, Stalin is portrayed cautiously and Hitler is demonized,” Raiskio says.
He says that textbooks are used in teaching quite little.
“A school book is a tool,” he says. “If the teacher notices such attitudes then they can highlight them with students to widen the perspective on opposing sources,” he says.