moderated Re: QST September 2019 pg42 to 47
So textbooks cost $1K/year, tuition is $20K, and it's the TEXTBOOKS that are the problem?toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
If textbooks were free, a year at university would decrease by 5%, or about the amount the average non-athlete student pays in sports-related fees on many colleges.
Want to lower textbook expenses? Tell professors to stop changing textbooks each year, let an ecosystem of used books develop around the campus. When I was in college (1985) I had a calculus book by a man named Anton, he 'revised' his textbook every couple years, rendering previous used editions worthless. Are there really sufficient advances in the field of Calculus 1 to justify rewriting the book every couple years? But this is curriculum-wide - why do Norton Anthologies if Early American Lit get revises every few years? The underlying body of literature is static - all the authors met their fate over a century ago, yet the textbooks keep being revised... etc.
On Aug 22, 2019, at 3:36 PM, Dr. Flywheel <Dr.Flywheel@...> wrote: