My respect for professors has plummetted

Started Sep 16, 2013 | Discussions thread
bikinchris
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Re: My respect for professors has plummetted
In reply to Brian, Sep 17, 2013

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?

$200-$350

Your rant shows you don't know how to shop.

So you expect the professor to rewrite the syllabus to accommodate your son? Really? How self centered.

Oh, if you learn how to shop, you can probably find used textbooks for about $50 each. I never failed to get textbooks for 10 to 20% of retail new. Check bulletin boards in the math and science buildings first. Bring cash to buy the book and negotiate. If you were too slow to find them there, then try Amazon. Next semester, start shopping earlier.

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