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Petition to Protest Omission of Persian Empire from Texts!

 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2005 11:20 pm    Post subject: Petition to Protest Omission of Persian Empire from Texts! Reply with quote

Petition to Protest Omission of the Persian Empire from Textbooks!

http://new.petitiononline.com/071056/petition.html

To: Scholastic, Inc

PERSIAN EMPIRE WAS OMITTED IN THE
SCHOLASTIC (http://www.scholastic.com/) ANNUAL SUPPLAMENT BOOKS

WE, the undersigned worldwide comprised of academicians and artists, professors and scholars, historians and other independent thinkers do hereby register our grave dismay with the [biased] recent publishing of the annual supplement to the twenty volume, The New Book of Knowledge, in which the passages on the Persian Empire and the citations of the Persian Empire on the chronological timeline were entirely wiped out. Whereas we have mostly benefited with acknowledgment from procurement and usage of Scholastic products in the past and further, have reciprocated to its mission by contributing articles and promoting its multifaceted products and articles, we are not any longer certain as to why we should not actively seek alternatives after such egregious action.

Paradoxically, Scholastic Corporation (http://www.scholastic.com/) albeit their recently acquired subsidiaries, Grolier, Inc. responsible for publishing the New Book of Knowledge, may claim that justice to citations on the Persian Empire has indeed been served in the actual twenty volumes as well as their online resources; that is in part correct, as for instance the word Persian and Iran do appear in nearly 2500 locations on more than one hundred on line pages of their web resources, but the shear fact remains that the 2005 twenty volume has already been impacted by diminishing the prominence of the Persian Civilization. Accordingly The burden still remains on the Scholastic which can not still justify the blatant omission of the passages on the Persian Empire or its wiping out from the timeline in the supplement in lieu of the fact that the coverage of world civilization has now increased from the last year’s 15 to 22 pages, and it now includes many substantially smaller civilizations. Furthermore, it is also a simple fact that most parents and many schools can not afford to purchase the entire 20 volumes but rather have direct access to the only the one supplement that has now opted to omit an otherwise extremely significant page from history. Such omission can not be discounted as a simple “inadvertent oversight”, but rather a measured step taken by the editorial board.

Scholastic, claims to be “the global children’s publishing and media company 80 years in the making” as a worldwide corporation for publishing school related textbooks, references and educational materials. To remain committed to its won business and education missions, it must adhere to a set of standard that is inclusive and sensitive to multi-culturalism and universal diversity. Accordingly, it should not venture into rewriting history, but rather narrating it as objectively and comprehensively as it is possible. Epitomizing, with the proper rectification and resolution of this matter by Scholastic, the community aspires to reconsider reinstating its support for Scholastic products.

Respectfully submitted,
The Global Concerned Scholars on SCHOLASTIC Conduct

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

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Note: In case you didn't know, Scholastic is one of the biggest publishers of educational textbooks in the US!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2005 3:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last time I've checked it wasn't in any Architectural Textbooks either!

West already claims all our invensions as theirs.

and it's not very convenient to go back and change all that lie in the textbooks! so they figure, what the heck, let's omit the empire all together.
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