Choosing a textbook

So today at my Friday school, they graciously asked whether I could help choose the new English textbook for grades five and six next year.

In three years of teaching at an elementary school, this is the first time they’ve asked the actual native English teacher which book is better so kudos to them for that.

There are six slightly different books laid out in front of me.

During a break, I quickly browse through the chapter headings.

One has the heading “Because We Should Save the Earth”.

Another has “It’s Time to Help the Earth”.


Now there are four textbooks in front of me which I’ll be perusing in more detail soon.

As a teacher, I am in a position of trust and thus cannot in all good conscience teach as fact what is at best a poorly understood and highly contentious theory.

It’s all quite insidious.

Unfortunately, I suspect many if not most schools will use one of the above mentioned textbooks.

    • Richard Sharpe
    • September 16th, 2011

    You could have them read Sharpe’s Rifles.

    • With North Korea where it is, it’s funny coz it’s true.

  1. No chance you could sneak some ultra non-PC Enid Blyton into the curriculum?

    • Oh, my favourite would be Paul Jennings. Wouldn’t that be wonderful!

  1. September 16th, 2011

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