I think you responded to a thread I started about SS Biology. Thank you for that!
I just happened to click on this particular thread this morning to read; I was so disappointed to hear about the mistakes you have found. I don't have any specialty in biology- I just have my high school experience from many years ago, so I would not tend to recognize a flaw. Yep, I chose this text for it's self-teaching aspect. Dd is working through it mostly independently. She has started outlining to help her self-study which is working for her.
I'm just curious... how far along did you and your student get in the text before changing? I wonder if the text gets better. Would you mind giving some examples of the mistakes? I just want to see what you are talking about.
I REALLY don't want to even consider having to change- we are well into the year now. I had always planned to use SS Biology- from several years ago. Any more specific information will be helpful....just to understand how flawed the text is. I felt so good about buying the second edition thinking any flaws would be corrected from the first one.
Good morning! I shall do my best to address your questions when I can; however, I'm short on time for long answers. I did exchange a PM with another mother, whose daughter used the book last year and experienced similar frustrations. In their case, they used the book anyway, and took advantage of the "learning opportunity" to consult additional resources for clarification and correct answers. ("PM Friend", if I have mis-described what you told me, please hop in and correct me.)
We stopped after Test 1, which covers Chapters 1-3. I spent time reading portions of the rest of the book before reacing a decision. I cannot address the question of content errors for the remaining chapters because I did not have time to study that. I did feel that the narrative portions continued to be poorly written. This is a prime consideration for a book marketed as "self-instructional".
There is a paucity of usable reviews on the Internet, as best as I can tell. I suspect that there are others, beside myself, who are dazzled by the prospect of a self-instructional biology textbook (which is NOT the other "famous" one) which was written by a medical doctor. It is easy to forget that a skilled scientist is not automatically an excellent communicator. We have the fields of technical writing and science journalism to fill in those gaps!
If things are working well for your family, don't change on my account. You have examined the book by now and have a "feel" for its contents. Your daughter sounds content.