My respect for professors has plummetted

Started Sep 16, 2013 | Discussions thread
tkbslc Forum Pro • Posts: 11,797
Re: My respect for professors has plummetted

PhotoPhart 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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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.

My son downloaded all his books and put them on his Nexus tablet. But next year even those ebooks will cost him a lot.

It only costs about $10 to print a book, $20 if it has a ton of color pictures.  The content is what you pay for so I don't expect going ebook is going to save much money for students.

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