Scholars Boycott the Writing of State-Authored History Textbooks

Scholars Boycott the Writing of State-Authored History Textbooks

The Association for Korean Modern and Contemporary History, which over 500 modern and contemporary Korean history scholars belong to, boycott, also

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Criticism mounts as the government intends to change into the Korean history textbook designation system. On the 15th, scholars announced a statement to boycott the writing of state-authored history textbooks. As not only private universities, but also national universities declared they wouldn’t participate in the writing process, the movement against state textbooks is expected to spread out.

The history professors at Yonsei University, Korea University, and Kyunghee University revealed their position against state-authored history textbooks, with Busan University being the first among national universities to reveal its stance.

While the movement against state-authored textbooks is spreading out quickly with universities at the center of the movement, the Association for Korean Modern and Contemporary History took part in resisting state-authored textbooks, which will spread the movement out even further; the Association for Korean Modern and Contemporary History is a leading society, where over 500 modern and contemporary Korean history scholars who studied Korean history in the areas of independent movement history, politics, economy, and so on belong to.

In a statement, they declared, “We, including the present and former chairmen, are against the government’s move to introduce state-authored history textbooks into the national curriculum and boycott the writing of state history textbooks In order to avoid criticism, the government is calling it the correct history textbooks, but in fact it is just a cover up and an act of putting a damper on history. And if a single textbook is written in any manner, it becomes a state textbook, so all the members of our association will not participate in the writing of it.”

Reporter Lee Seul [dew@newshankuk.com]