April 21, 2021

S.Korea textbook row highlights debates on teaching N.Korea

Professional historians in North America, South Korea reject government intrusion into textbook development

North Korea's Juche ideology has proven a surprisingly hot topic in South Korean politics and media lately.

This has particularly been the case since the ruling Saenuri Party hung the banner declaring, "Our children are learning Kim Il Sung's Juche ideology," in front of the National Assembly building in Seoul on October 13. The ruling party and South Korea’s Ministry of Education (MoE) have joined in declaring that the history textbooks in middle and high schools describe Juche uncritically.