Writing a textbook
Sir, Writing a textbook is an art. A textbook writer must have decades of teaching experience in the subject that he proposes to write on. The manuscript will have to be circulated among trusted teachers so as to elicit comments and suggestions. An impartial objectivity must characterise the whole process. Ideologiscal slant should be eschewed. The writer should refrain from injecting prejudices and predilections. Needless controversy should not be generated thereafter.
A controversial textbook loses its credibility among students and teachers. A good textbook would remain a standard of reference for atleast a decade. Since a single author writes and publishes a textbook, he is squarely responsible for its acceptability or rejection. Total transparency is needed in evaluation and selection. Any attempt by an author to bring in influence of any kind must be ruthlessly curbed. Since students use textbook more frequently, the printing, binding and the quality of the paper should be fairly durable. If diagrams are required, a good artist must be engaged to do this job meticulously. It is better to observe all these precautions before investing money on the publication of a textbook.
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