I’m in the process of writing a letter to the dean of my college to “reflect” upon my experience as a mature student. While I am grateful that this reblogged post supports my experience of faulty material in the curriculum, it makes me heartsick.
My theory: the textbooks are revised almost on an annual basis so that schools and students are obliged to purchase each year. In the process of revision, errors are made and not caught. Until the test.
It’s all about money.
This is infuriating.
Updated(Oct. 10): Pearson responded to this post in the comments section. SeePearson’s Apology.
Last Friday morning, my fourth grader handed me her “Thursday folder” shortly before we needed to head to the bus stop. I was glad to see a perfect spelling test, and a bunch of excellent math assignments and math tests. Time was short, however, so I flipped to the wrong answers. And sprinkled among the math tests, I came across two wrong answers that caused me concern.
The first problem was this:
Now, I looked at this problem before I’d had my morning coffee, and I wasn’t sure at first that I wasn’t just missing something. So I posted this picture to my Facebook feed, and asked my friends to confirm that I wasn’t crazy.
But my daughter was right: if Curtis walked three miles a day for 26 weeks, Curtis did in fact walk…
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