My respect for professors has plummetted

Started Sep 16, 2013 | Discussions thread
mamallama
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In reply to Brian, Sep 16, 2013

Brian wrote:

tkbslc wrote:

Brian wrote:

My son just started college, going into Mechanical Engineering.

First semester has calculus and physics. Just basic classes. beginning physics and calculus hasn't changed for 100 years or more. I could pull out my text books from 25 years ago and they would be perfectly adequate.

Don't get me wrong, if a professor writes a book that adds something to the field of study or shows new insight, then I can see the professor requiring a new book and making some money on it. But beginning physics and calculus...... give me a break.. We are talking higher education mafia.

How much do you think beginning physics books and calculus books are running these days?

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Brian

My daughter's basic Chemistry 1050 book was $180. Luckily they had a rental option and her books for other classes were quite cheap.

I think the problem is the publishers, really, though. You can't really keep using an out of print book as a teacher. You want your students to be able to find the book easily and new if they desire. If the professor kept assigning a book that has been out of print for 10 years, eventually the supply of used books will dry up.

It may be more the publishers. But it is absolutely ridiculous that the average cost of text books has gone up over 80% in the past decade. Especially when there is little if any new content.

It is stuff like this that drives students and some teachers to seek alternatives.

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Brian

There's a lot of gouging going on in higher education to soak the students (and their parents who support them). That's why the cost of college has risen so much faster than the cost of living.

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