Shalom Life | April 24, 2014

Scholastic Books are 'Edited by Interns'

Following this week's controversy where Israel was removed from a map in a Scholastic-published children's book, a former proofreader has spoken out on the company, saying the majority of books are edited by students

By: Daniel Koren & Graham Sigurdson

Published: November 15th, 2013 in News » World

Scholastic Books are 'Edited by Interns'

Earlier this week, Scholastic Inc. was caught smack in the middle of controversy, after it came to light that one of the books from the popular Geronimo Stilton series, Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt, had a map of the Middle East printed in its opening pages, one which completely and utterly lacks any mention of the State of Israel.

Since then, naturally, Jewish agencies and pro-Israel groups have been demanding an explanation from the world's largest publisher of children's books.

Yesterday, the publishing house issued a formal apology. “Scholastic is immediately stopping shipment on this title, revising the map, and going back to reprint. We regret the omission which was in the original version of the book published in Italy and was translated by our company for English language distribution. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter,” they said in an official statement.

Reports also claim that Scholastic will reprint and republish the book with a new map included, one which does not omit Israel, but they still did not offer an explanation on how such an incident would take place.

Now, as more information seems to flow off the pages, a former employee of Scholastic has come out of the woodwork, offering an explanation for this sloppy, and possibly anti-Israel, agenda.

Speaking to Times of Israel, the former student employee (who wished to remain anonymous) said that the proofreaders at the company were typically “bored out of their minds,” and had no specific knowledge of that which they were meant to review.

“As an intern, I haven’t majored in history and I don’t have any degrees in geography or mapping. They basically just trusted me to use any references at my disposal and check the map that I had been given against the internet or reference books of any sort,” said the student.

She speculated that almost 75 percent of Scholastic’s proofreaders were interns, and not full time staff.

No wonder they were able to grow to industry leader, if all their labour is free. As the Geronimo Stilton series is originally transcribed in Italian, it's a wonder more clerical and editorial errors haven't been found.

Chisel Used to Build Western Wall Discovered Chisel Used to Build Western Wall Discovered TrendingMissouri Mayor Resigns After Siding with Kansas Shooter Missouri Mayor Resigns After Siding with Kansas Shooter TrendingJewish Men Leave Synagogue to Save Family from Burning Car Jewish Men Leave Synagogue to Save Family from Burning Car Trending
 

Jewish Hall of Fame: Émile Durkheim

April 23, 2014 | By Zak Edwards
Jewish Hall of Fame: Émile Durkheim

The French sociologist, social psychologist and philosopher is considered to be one of the founding fathers of social science

Read More

Anton Yelchin and Zooey Deschanel Slated for ‘The Driftless Area’

April 23, 2014 | By Sarah Bauder
Anton Yelchin and Zooey Deschanel Slated for ‘The Driftless Area’

The film will also star John Hawkes, Ciaran Hinds, and Alia Shawkat.

Read More

Sarah Silverman Apologizes in Advance For Swastika Doodle

April 23, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Sarah Silverman Apologizes in Advance For Swastika Doodle

The controversial comedian posted a doodle she drew of a swastika to her Twitter feed.

Read More

Andy Samberg to Return to ‘SNL’ as Host

April 23, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Andy Samberg to Return to ‘SNL’ as Host

The 'Saturday Night Live' alum will be hosting on May 17th.

Read More

Drake Lint Rolls His Pants During Raptors Playoff Game [VIDEO]

April 23, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Drake Lint Rolls His Pants During Raptors Playoff Game [VIDEO]

The Raptors global brand ambassador wanted to ensure he looked his best while his team beat the Brooklyn Nets

Read More

Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman Welcome Baby Frankie

April 23, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman Welcome Baby Frankie

The actress announced the birth of another happy baby girl on Tuesday.

Read More

Mel Brooks to Star in Autobiographical One-Man Show

April 23, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Mel Brooks to Star in Autobiographical One-Man Show

The 87-year old actor/director is planning a solo show in Los Angeles for one-night only.

Read More

Travel Back in Time with Google Street View

April 23, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Travel Back in Time with Google Street View

Google's latest feature allows you to scroll through past Street view photos, whether in New York, Toronto, or Singapore

Read More

More Headlines