Map Sequence "Palestinian Loss of Land" Provided to Students

This four-part map sequence is used in at least one section of World History II (10th grade) in the Newton Public  Schools (NPS). The map sequence, which purports to show the shrinkage in “Palestinian” land from between 1946 and 2010, is also on the website of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). There is no indication that the the map sequence was created or endorsed by the PLO; nor does the notation - present on the original maps - that they are not drawn to scale appear. The result is that students are provided with and use a series of maps representing the point of view of the PLO - a terror organization - which contains no indication of its bias.

Telling students verbally of the map sequence's origination and bias - even if it occurs - cannot compensate for the deceptive omissions. There is no guarantee that teachers will repeat any caveats they are expected to provide, nor is there any guarantee that students will actually pay attention to or remember them. A verbal warning about the inaccuracies inherent in the map sequence has the same effect as a purported oral contract - it's as worthless as the paper it's (not) on.

Another indication that the use of the map sequence is not an accident, but an actual attempt to deceive is the lack of any countering examples.  A 2013 web article discussing the map sequence gives at least seven examples of maps countering those provided to students. None of those maps or any other form of countervailing information is provided; instead, students are left with the impression that the maps are factual.



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