Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2011 16:57:12

Author: --- Jerry DiMarco

Subject: Re: 4th Grade Science textbook gripes


Perhaps teachers could turn the situation around and award extra
credit (or some other form of compensation) for finding errors in the
text. Then at the end of the semester, if the teacher and students would
compile their results and submit them to the authors and publisher, it
might embarrass them into making corrections. This might have the added
benefit of getting lazy students to actually read the text...


At 4/13/2011 04:57 PM, you wrote:
>I just read the publication of Mario Iona's acceptance speech for the
>Millikan Lecture Award. I highly recommend it:
>''Why Johnny can't
>learn physics from textbooks I have known,'' Mario Iona's acceptance
>speech for the 1986 Millikan Lecture Award presented by the American
>Association of Physics Teachers, Columbus, Ohio, 26 June 1986 | Browse -
>American Journal of Physics
>The final paragraph is particularly interesting. He laments the fact that
>by citing errors in textbooks he's only adding to their citation
>list. This makes the author's and publisher's work appear to be more
>noteworthy even when the nature of the citation is entirely bad.
>In the article he suggests that teachers and parents do more to complain
>to publishers to fix textbook problems. Here's a new idea: Why not cite
>good textbooks in scientific publications? You might have to be a little
>bit of a smartass to list a grade school textbook in a paper on the Higgs
>Boson... on the other hand, it's not hard to find some relevant connection.


Jerry DiMarco
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Montana State Univ., Physics Dept.
Bozeman, MT

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