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South Korea’s new President Moon Jae Scraps State-Issued Textbooks

Yonhap via AP South Korean President Moon Jae In works at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Friday.

Yonhap via AP. South Korean President Moon Jae In works at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Friday.

SEOUL (AFP-Jiji) — South Korea’s new President Moon Jae In on Friday scrapped state-issued school history textbooks introduced by his ousted predecessor, saying they represented an “outdated and one-sided” view of the past, his office said.

“History education must no longer be used for political purposes.”

The previous Park Geun-hye administration had introduced state-authored history textbooks at middle and high schools, arguing that some existing tomes reflected left-leaning and pro-North Korea ideologies.

Park’s conservative government began publishing the new textbooks this year despite opposition from liberal critics, who saw them as an attempt to glorify the dictatorship of Park Chung Hee, late father of the impeached president … (read more)

via The Japan News

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