Today I went to a 2-hr meeting after school to finalize which statistics textbooks, AP and non-AP, we recommend that our district purchase for next year's new adoption.
All of us agreed that of the three books we could choose from, none was as good as what we have now. And different schools currently use different books. I was so disgusted with all of the choices that I said I'd rather give up the textbook I use now for what's currently used at any of our other schools rather than accept any of these. In the end, I'll end up getting the book I really didn't want, as that's the way the vote went.
Why do books have to be so big now? Why do they have to be full of multi-color pictures that do nothing to help students learn the material, but do (in my opinion) cause ADD? These new books are an assault on the senses. I find older books, with fewer colors and fewer unnecessary pictures, to be much easier to read with presentation of the material at least as good. And they don't weigh 8 lbs apiece, and aren't a burden to carry everywhere.
Is it really that hard to write a good textbook? Ugh.