Years ago I taught the science classes at a Christian junior high school. Not because I’m a scientist; my field is the social sciences, i.e. history, civics, economics… and bible. I find science interesting, but I’m no expert. But the other teachers in our program didn’t wanna teach science, and I had two classes free in my schedule, so those classes became Science 6 and Science 7/8.
Since I had the summer recess to prepare, I got to work. First I read through the California state standards. (Like I said, it wasn’t my field, so I had to learn the expectations.) Then I got hold of our textbooks. Great horny toads.
I’m not talking about their condition, which was bad. They were paperback. If you’re running a school, never buy paperback textbooks for children. I don’t care how much money you saved; you won’t save it in the long run. We had these books maybe five years, and they were pretty thrashed. Many unusable. I had just enough sixth-grade books, but nowhere near enough seventh-grade books. (And I wasn’t gonna bother with the eighth-grade books. The previous year’s science teacher had spent more time preaching to these students than teaching them, so they knew squat about science. My job was to rectify that.)
No no no. I’m talking the content of the books.