Outrageometer at full scale deflection. Like every secondary school at the moment, we are looking at new textbook for Key Stage Three, as we have a new curriculum rolling out with effect from September. One book has annoyed me intensely today. On a two page spread about acceleration there is a large aerial photograph of that tragic accident five years ago when armoured vehicles came off a lorry and rolled into oncoming traffic on the M1. The picture was soon after the accident when the casualties, some of them, must still have been in the vehicles. In my anger I have dashed off the following message to the publishers, Heinemann, part of the Pearson group: "I refer you to page 120 of the new Go Science Book One text book, for the new KS3 curriculum. At the top of the page by the title âSpeeding up and slowing downâ is a large photograph titled âA pile-up on the motorwayâ. This is exceedingly offensive. This accident happened almost five years ago on a road in this country and resulted in multiple fatalities. Five people died, and a greater number were injured, some horribly. In your book a Spartan armoured vehicle can be seen rolled against the cab of a Ford Transit van, the driver would have been utterly crushed. Given that this accident was so recent it must be blindingly obvious that there will be children in schools who were affected. Perhaps a brother, father or uncleâ¦ There might be a child who was related to the driver who caused the accident? Can you imagine the distress this would cause in a classroom? Can you imagine the impact on a child? A lot of people were affected by this accident, not the least of which were the emergency services who had to deal with the most horrendous injuries. I refer you to a BBC news report of the accident: http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/39148000/jpg/_39148978_motorway_aerial203long.jpg&imgrefurl=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/leicestershire/2980640.stm&h=250&w=203&sz=14&hl=en&start=7&um=1&tbnid=n9fLoa5sVomtkM:&tbnh=111&tbnw=90&prev=/images%3Fq%3Darmy%2Baccident%2Bmotorway%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Dactive%26sa%3DN I appreciate that a photograph of a motorway accident is needed, but you could so easily have chosen one in which it was not obvious that there were deaths, and which was sufficiently old to not affect any child in school. It is not unreasonable to expect you to change the picture for something more suitable before any more copies of the book are printed. You ought to give serious consideration to pulping any already printed." The picture in the book does rather tend to give the impression that the army was responsible, well, I think it gives that impression. It does not indicate that the accident was the fault of a 60 year old in a Honda Civic, who got off with a Â£130 fine and 7 points on his licence, or that the army were in no way involved I should have added in my message that the inquest was only held four MONTHS ago, and relatives are still calling for further charges. I have had an automated response from the publishers promising me a response within 48 hours. Any thoughts, comments, suggestions? I should add that my colleagues are as disgusted as me - now that they know about it.