My respect for professors has plummetted

Started Sep 16, 2013 | Discussions thread
Henry Schobin
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Re: My respect for professors has plummetted
In reply to tkbslc, Sep 16, 2013

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.

The solution is simple, never take the basic books out of print. Put new cover graphics on them every few years. The books should then be readily available and cheap. Going electronic should be even cheaper.

But that's not what they want. What they want is more money.

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Rethink your last comment.

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