Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Error-Filled Texts Fail Science Students.(Editorial Page)


Schools are already having a hard time finding instructors qualified to teach science. Now, 12 of the most popular middle school science textbooks used in the United States on which teachers heavily rely have come under fire in a new study as being loaded with errors. Five of the 12 are used in New Mexico schools.

Some of the mistakes are obvious like a picture of singer Linda Ronstadt captioned as a silicon crystal in "Exploring Physical Science," by Prentice-Hall, which is among the five used in New Mexico. More insidious, however, are errors and omissions only someone with a solid background in science could catch and correct for students.

"The books have a very large number of errors, many irrelevant photographs, complicated illustrations, experiments that could not possibly work, and diagrams and drawings that represented impossible situations," North Carolina State University physics professor John Hubisz said in releasing the report. …

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