Education: The problem, one critic says, lies with science textbooks. They stink.
Far too many of America's middle school science textbooks are just abominable. In recent years, some have featured maps that show the equator running through the southern United States, photos that don't match their captions, and misstatements of major laws of physics. Safety instructions for experiments (such as the use of protective glasses) are sometimes provided in the text but then ignored in accompanying illustrations. For decades, physicist John Hubisz of North Carolina State University in Raleigh has been campaigning to improve the texts, with little success.