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Mom's Outrage Over Textbook Gets Publisher to Correct Content

Textbook publisher McGraw-Hill has promised to revise content from one of its World Geography books after a mom in Houston voiced complaints about the inaccuracy of its content.

Roni Dean-Burren's 9th-grade son Coby spotted the error in a section called "Patterns of Immigration." The geography book states that the Atlantic slave trade brought millions of "workers" from Africa to this country.

After examining the geography book for herself Dean-Burren shared her outrage in a Facebook post which has since gone viral.

"The Atlantic slave trade brought millions of workers ... notice the nuanced language there. Workers implies wages ... yes?" Dean-Burren wrote on Facebook.

According to CNN, when her post gained widespread attention, Dean-Burren followed up by posting a video on Facebook, further explaining her stance that the publishing company had intentionally erased the true context of historical events. The video has been viewed more than 1.6 million times as of Monday morning.

"We believe we can do better," McGraw-Hill posted on its Facebook page Friday. "To communicate these facts more clearly, we will update this caption to describe the arrival of African slaves in the U.S. as a forced migration and emphasize that their work was done as slave labor."

On the McGraw-Hill Facebook page. one commenter wrote:

"Thanks for the gesture, but that doesn't help the school districts that can't afford to purchase new textbooks!" reads one comment on McGraw-Hill's Facebook post. "Kids will continue to read the same incorrect and inconsiderate information for probably the next 5–10 years! There must be a better way!"

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