In Brief: Oct. 11, 1999

CRACK THOSE BOOKS Just how good are those textbooks your kids bring home from school? Project 2061, a math-, science- and technology-education reform initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has just rated the most widely used middle school science textbooks. Not one got a satisfactory grade. It isn't that the books are chock full of mistakes; rather they don't teach kids critical thinking. Since textbook publishers seldom make changes unless sales are threatened, parents and educators need to push for better materials.

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