-The Ministry of Education (Deputy Prime Minsiter and Minsiter of Education, KIM Sang-kon) and the Academy of Korean Studies (President, LEE Kidong) met with Terry L. Cherry from the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) to discuss about the Korean history project on 29 July 2017 at the Lotte Hotel.
-The Ministry of Education has established a network with NCSS through mutual exchange and collaboration, in order to pursue the Korean history project that aims to provide more accurate information about Korea in the United States (U.S.).
In 2015 and 2016, the Academy of Korean Studies provided information about Korea at the annual conference held by NCSS.
In April 2017, the Academy of Korean Studies organized a workshop for U.S. textbook experts in order to faciliate discussions on the possibility of increasing contents with regard to Korea in U.S. textbooks.
-At the meeting, the Academy of Korean Studies and NCSS plan to further discuss about specific plans to launch the Korean history project.
Professor Robert Strayer and Professor Eric Nelson, authors of the U.S. textbook, "Ways of the World," expressed their intent to publish a textbook with increased amount of content about Korea, and indicated that they will hold a special session on "Korea in the 21st Century world history" at the NCSS annual conference (17-19 November 2017).
-NCSS also noted the significance of mutual cooperation among the Ministry of Education, the Academy of Korean Studies, and NCSS, and expressed their aspiration to build a closer relationship.
Terry L. Cherry said, "Korean history has a distinct characteristic within the context of the world hisotry." He further explained, "I hope people would be able to acquire solid knowledge about Korea, and that Korea's political and economical development as well as its cultural originality would be widely known through the new textbook technology we have."
-KIM Sang-kon, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education indicated, "increasing contents about Korea in U.S. textbooks is a very meaningful step. The Ministry of Education and the Academy of Korean Studies will continue to work with NCSS to modify and/or supplement contents about Korea."