In the School Board We Trust!


Just in case this story turns out to be a joke or a hoax, I’ll add my disclaimer now. But if it turns out to be true, this is amazing: School Textbooks With Errors Tenatatively Approved. How many errors? Well, 109,263.

AUSTIN – Proposed math books for elementary school children and their teachers have resulted in one computation that publishers would just as soon erase – 109,263.

That’s the number of errors that were uncovered in proposed math textbooks that are under review by the State Board of Education for distribution to schools in the fall of 2008.

The total number of errors was nearly five times the total for last year, thanks to one publisher whose books contained more than 86,000 errors – 79 percent of the total.

Publishers will have until the spring to clean their books up. After that, they can be fined up to $5,000 for every error that makes it into the final editions of books shipped to Texas schools.

However, and here’s where it gets really interesting:

Despite the errors, state board members tentatively approved most of the books for use in public schools beginning next fall – subject to correction of the errors. Total projected cost for the elementary school math books is $116.8 million.

I don’t even know what to say about this. I’d like to make some jab at someone but I just don’t know who. It just goes to show that everyone makes misteaks every now and again. I guess 109 thousand isn’t too many. At least the errors were discovered before it was too late.  Sadly, we cannot say the same for the Science textbooks that are published every year.



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