ERIC Number: ED485530
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
The Mad, Mad World of Textbook Adoption
Thomas B Fordham Foundation and Institute
Textbook Adoption: The process, in place in twenty-one states, of reviewing textbooks according to state guidelines and then mandating specific books that schools must use, or lists of approved textbooks that schools must choose from. It consistently produces second-rate textbooks that replicate the same flaws and failings over and over again. Adoption states perform poorly on national tests, and the market incentives caused by the adoption process are so skewed that lively writing and top-flight scholarship are discouraged. Every individual analyst and expert panel that has studied American K-12 textbooks has concluded that they are sorely lacking and that the adoption process cries out for reform. [Foreword by Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Introduction by Diane Ravitch]
Thomas B Fordham Institute, 1627 K Street Northwest, Suite 600 Washington DC 20006. Tel: 202-223-5452; Fax: 202-223-9226; Web site: http://www.edexcellence.net.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, Washington, DC.