Many of you will recall last year’s controversy about a Virginia history textbook that was found to contain several serious inaccurate statements. The publisher, Five Ponds Press (a Connecticut firm), has learned from the affair: it will no longer submit its proposed science texts for review by the Virginia board of education, although it claims that its books meet state standards. Instead, it will market its books directly to districts. Perhaps the publisher’s best chance for adoption lies in the fact that its product is less expensive than the product provided by the competition.
To which I say: remember the Yugo. In this case, you get what you pay for. Clearly this is a case where a publisher is afraid to stand by its product or subject its own claims to external inspection.