A quote..."To help assure consistency of math course content across the district, basal textbooks adopted for use are to serve as the primary textbook resource in classrooms."
Now I am thinking why would the textbook manufracturer make a book out of basal. Most publishers use wood pulp for paper not basal. Would it not make better sense then to have these textbooks for use in the Home Ec. rooms? At least they could come up with some good food stuff made from basal. A nice pesto, pizza margarita, bug repellant. There is a lot that basal can be used for in cooking. I guess students could grow their own basal too. They could count the leaves and measure the growth. That would be some practical applications of the math skills.