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high school

24-year-old atlas still useful

Published fredag 4 mars 2011 kl 11.25

An atlas where Yugoslavia is still one nation and the Soviet Union still intact is being used to teach students at a high school in Vaggeryds country, in southern Sweden. But the school administration sees nothing wrong with using books from 1987.

“If I had been allowed to decide it wouldn’t have looked like this,” Tomas Öhrström, geography teacher, tells Swedish Radio News. “But new atlases lost the battle against other materials.”

A parent reacted when the child came home with a 24-year-old atlas, and wrote a letter to the county administration.

West and East Germany have been united, the Soviet Union has been dissolved and a lot of changes have been made to the world map but according to Öhrström you can still use the old books.

“When we talk about physical geography the old books work fine. But when we talk about political geography we should use a newer book.”

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