ACRITIQUE OF HISTORY TEXTBOOKS USED IN PAKISTAN
What is being taught as History in Pakistani schools and colleges is really national mythology, and the subjects of
Social Studies and Pakistan Studies are nothing but vehicles of political indoctrination.
Our children don’t learn History.
They are ordered to read a carefully selected collection of falsehoods, fairy tales and plain lies.
Why and how has this come about?
Who is responsible for this?
In what ways is this destroying the social fabric of Pakistan?
Why doesn’t anyone protest against it? In this book, a distinguished Pakistani historian and political scientist asks and answers these questions for the first time by making an in-depth study of 66 textbooks on these subjects in use in the schools and colleges of the country.
He (1) lists their errors of fact, emphasis and interpretation,
(2) enumerates their major omissions,
(3) corrects their mistakes,
(4) brings out the distortions they teach and perpetuate,
(5) estimates their ravaging effects on the students, and
(6) measures their impact on the nation at large.
He does this with documented scholarship, meticulous care, deep understanding, acute concern, and rare courage.
This is stinging but fully deserved attack on the governments which order and prescribe these textbooks, the scholars and educationists who plan and approve them, the professors who write them, and the parents who accept them.
The contents of this book should shake up every reader and throw every parent into a panic.
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