I wanted to call your attention to a pretty significant mistake in the article “A Socratic Method for Surveying Students’ Readiness to Study Evolution” in the February 2013 issue of the ABT (Stansfield, 2013).

On page 103, right column, List A, number 1, the author states, “Mitosis in humans normally produces haploid gametes, of variable genetic composition, by at least three processes.” And then on page 104, left column, List B, number 1, the author states, “This statement is true.” I believe he has mistaken mitosis for meiosis.

As David Kirk, a colleague of mine, mentioned to me when noticing this mistake, “Students do not need any help from the instructor to get confused about mitosis versus meiosis. They manage this quite well on their own, thank you!”


Stansfield, W.D. (2013). A Socratic method for surveying students’ readiness to study evolution. American Biology Teacher, 75, 102–105.