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Considering the vast amounts of money that are spent on public education, especially in urban areas, stories like this one seem inexplicable: “NYC Recalls Math Guides Full of Errors”.

City officials recalled preparation material for math tests that had been sent to teachers after discovering they were filled with math and spelling mistakes.
Several answers in the guide were wrong. There were also sloppy diagrams and improper notation of exponents. There were at least 18 errors in the guide, and grammar and spelling issues proved just as problematic as the math. For example, the word “fourth” was misspelled on the cover of the 4th-grade manual.

I assume that pretty much all fourth-graders can spell “fourth.” So who in the world writes this stuff?

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