Lemonade from textbook lemons
Regarding the Dec. 30 Metro article “Va. may tighten approval process for textbooks”:
I know what to do with the thousands of error-filled history books in Virginia. Use them! But first put a warning label on every book, and glue an error list (citing page number and line number) inside. Include an explanation: “This history book has many errors. Can you find the mistakes? Can you discover the true facts, what really happened?”
The teachers and students would not only learn the truth, they’d learn about honesty, research and Virginia’s real history. A huge problem could be turned into a wonderful learning opportunity. Of course, publisher Five Ponds Press should pay for the warning labels and error lists.
Jan Z. Olsen, Bethesda
| January 3, 2011; 6:50 PM ET
Categories: Virginia, education, schools
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