My respect for professors has plummetted

Started Sep 16, 2013 | Discussions thread
Wyville
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Re: My respect for professors has plummetted
In reply to Brian, Sep 18, 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?

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Brian

I guess it depends entirely on where you live. At our university there's a constant battle between the "copyright mafia" and professors trying to provide the students with just the necessary sections as digital files. The fines are insanely high if anything is used without paying the copyright fees (which are insanely high too). The most cost effective way is to create readers that combine the various sections of the various books, but even the prices for those readers are nuts.

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