On the naughty step

9th November 2012 at 00:00
Conduct that deserves a ticking off

This week: an error-filled textbook

Oops.

One might, if one were to give it a moment's thought, imagine that sensitivity is the name of the game in the world of RE textbook publishing. For example, one would be sure to avoid publishing a textbook about Judaism that contains a photograph of a Muslim kneeling in prayer, described as a Jew.

Double oops.

As such it is worth recounting the story of earlier this week that the catchily named AQA GCSE Religious Studies A: Judaism, produced for the exam board by educational publisher Nelson Thornes, had been withdrawn after staff at a Jewish school in north-west London, JFS, found just such a mistake.

Other errors in the textbook include a picture of a family "celebrating Shabbat", when in fact they are having a Passover Seder meal. So many mistakes were found that teachers at JFS issued four pages of corrections when the book was distributed to pupils.

Triple oops.

So then, to the TES naughty step with you, AQA and Nelson Thornes, for allowing this book to make it off the presses.

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