No wonder our kids are having trouble passing their state achievement tests: Their textbooks are full of basic errors:
SAN ANTONIO – Texas schools’ reading and English textbooks have so far been found to contain more than 109,000 mistakes. But the state is still likely to buy them if the publishers promise to correct the errors before the books make it into the classroom.
As News 4 WOAI first reported last month, the books are filled with spelling, grammatical, and factual errors.
It’s not unusual to find mistakes during the approval process, but officials with the Texas Education Agency admit this is an unusually high number.
And this is the second straight batch of textbooks to contain more than one hundred thousand mistakes.
Math books that went into classrooms last year were so bad the TEA is still fining the publishers. Earlier this month, the agency hit them with two and a half million dollars in penalties because students and teachers were still finding mistakes.
One publisher, Houghton Mifflin, was fined so much money it decided to reprint and replace the Spanish-language books it had sold to the state. As for these latest books, the TEA will vote in November whether to buy them, and hope they do a better job this time cleaning them up.
Well that would explain why the Hispanic kids in South Texas speak such terrible Spanish. Meanwhile, the kicker for all this is that Texas (along with California) is one of the largest buyers of textbooks in the U.S. So whatever textbooks Texas buys, the rest of the country buys as well.
Have you checked your kids’ textbooks lately? You probably should.