http://www.cnn.com/2002/TECH/science/11/03/badbooks/index.html The information in the article probably isn't a surprise, or even news, to many of you. I'd like to note, though, that's it's been happening for a very long time. In my senior year of high school, I was selected to represent the students in our county on the textbook selection committee. There were five or six meetings, during which we (briefly) pored over and reviewed the textbooks offered by publishers. This was 20 years ago. I was appalled at the poor quality of most of the textbooks. The factual errors and omissions were bad enough; coupled with the grammatical and spelling mistakes, there were enough problems to make almost every textbook worthless. Remember, we only had time to skim these, and we were finding such errors. It became evident to me that a quality textbook, at least at the high school level, is very much the exception. I suppose I'm saddened that the situation still exists. In fact, I believe it is spreading to other areas. I have noticed a remarkable decrease in the accuracy of newspaper reporting, not just the factual things which, as "breaking news", often are subject to revision. I'm referring to the grammar and spelling, the poor copywriting, and the general decline in quality. To some extent, I'm seeing it in printed books, as well. As an avid read, it's really become noticeable; every error literally stops me cold, as I'm reading. I find myself being stopped far more frequently, these days. I'm willing to admit a certain amount of laxity in my personal writing; in newspapers, magazines, and books, especially textbooks, I demand no less than 100% accuracy.