New books OK'd for county schools

July 08, 1998|By DAVE McMILLION

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday approved the purchase of anatomy and physiology books for advanced high school classes, which have been using health books that school officials said are not appropriate for the classes.

A technical preparatory program started in 1994 offers a variety of advanced classes intended to prepare students for the types of science classes they would face in college, said Sandra Graff, supervisor of Secondary Science.

But when the anatomy and physiology course was started, there was no money to buy books, officials said.

Since then, teachers have been using a biology course textbook, Graff said.

An anatomy and physiology class is offered as a certificate of merit course, but some of the texts used for classes are 11 years old, officials said.

Certificate of merit is a special diploma given to high school students who complete a certain number of advanced classes.

The school board agreed to spend $31,000 to buy new textbooks for the tech prep and certificate of merit classes, which are mostly for 11th- and 12th-grade students.


For the certificate of merit classes, teachers will have the choice between the textbook, "Hole's Human Anatomy and Physiology" and "Anthony's Textbook of Anatomy and Physiology."

Teachers in the tech prep classes can use either "The Human Body in Health and Disease" or "Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology."

Both books meet state and local educational standards, said Graff.

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