I finally got around to sorting out the kids school stuff yesterday… I wrapped books, and sorted out stationery… and I finally opened the package of textbooks needed for both kids for the year.
One of the books that Bradley needed for Grade 5 is an Atlas. Now I love maps etc, so I opened it and paged through it to see what was in it and what they’d be learning about.
And I’m floored!! It’s 10 years out of date! 10 years!! Most of the environmental and population information is from 2003 t0 2005. This means that although this book says it was reprinted in 2013, no-one at Oxford Press has even bothered to check the relevance of the information in nearly 10 years!
I sincerely hope that the kids are not going to be using the atlas for the stats! I’m going to be chatting to the teachers about this… although I do “get” that there are only so many suppliers of text books in the country. But OMW… 10 years!! There was a census in 2011 for pete sake!! Surely they can update the stats in the atlas! I’m sure I’d be able to google more recent stats for every one of those pages!
I know I would probably complain about buying the kids iPads… but this is a real-life example of how e-learning can only be better than what the kids are experiencing now.
Oops, just realised how many exclamations I used in this…