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19. Some teachers and professors have abandoned traditional textbooks.
Sun Jul 24, 2022, 11:16 AM
Jul 2022

All the students in our local high schools who don't have their own laptops, or don't want to bring them to school, get Chromebooks. My wife's sister has gone paperless in her high school classroom. She's not the only teacher doing that. Chromebooks cost less than some textbooks now.

My children had quite a few college classes without traditional textbooks.

Culturally here in the U.S.A. we are always loathe to set up government agencies that are in direct competition with private industry, even when we should. Health care is the prime example. The result is we have the most expensive health care in the world and it's nowhere near the best, not even for wealthy people with "platinum level" insurance. Many of our textbooks fail in a similar way, or worse, are written so as not to offend the anti-intellectual rubes, racists, and religious cultists of shit-hole U.S.A.. History, biology, and health texts are especially crippled by this phenomena.

The primary focus of any K-12 history textbook should be the struggle for civil rights. The primary focus of any K-12 biology textbook should be evolution and the natural environment. The primary focus of any health text for middle and high school students should be frank and realistic education about sex and relationships.

My own middle and high school textbooks back in the anti-communist war days of the twentieth century were utter crap. I was fortunate to have a few teachers who worked around those limitations, but mostly I hated everything about high school and quit for college at sixteen. Thanks largely to my parents my curiosity and love of learning hadn't been extinguished.

Cool, I want to check this out. 2naSalit Jul 2022 #1
I Thought The Same! ProfessorGAC Jul 2022 #20
Isaac Newton knew "infinitesimals"-never observed- are a fraud pirsquared Jul 2022 #24
The bit about two tides per day not making sense is especially interesting. Towlie Jul 2022 #25
2 high tides every day: Theory of Gravity disproved! Flat earthers confused. pirsquared Jul 2022 #28
I'm hoping it will help me learn it... 2naSalit Jul 2022 #32
Thanks for posting. n/t John1956PA Jul 2022 #2
Thanks Lochloosa Jul 2022 #3
K&R n/t Alice Kramden Jul 2022 #4
I must've lucked out and had a teacher who learned from that system (book)... Hugin Jul 2022 #5
Old textbooks cost almost nothing and sometimes covered math from K-12 in one cheap book lostnfound Jul 2022 #6
where's those ebooks they said we would be using by now? mopinko Jul 2022 #8
Some teachers and professors have abandoned traditional textbooks. hunter Jul 2022 #19
I See That A Lot! ProfessorGAC Jul 2022 #21
They found a way to charge for those, too Sympthsical Jul 2022 #30
ThNks! That's terrific! PCIntern Jul 2022 #7
Math: The language of measuring sanatanadharma Jul 2022 #9
du dweller Jul 2022 #10
That's a lot to ponder. n/t Harker Jul 2022 #16
When AI enables us to speak to a computer to solve problems in math BSdetect Jul 2022 #11
Everybody uses calculators and computers now. hunter Jul 2022 #27
K&R, Simple explanations from someone who understands the subject are usually the best !! uponit7771 Jul 2022 #12
At the age of 47 I took calculus for fun. PoindexterOglethorpe Jul 2022 #13
I took it between my junior and senior years. Igel Jul 2022 #17
I think its because you care jcgoldie Jul 2022 #34
True. PoindexterOglethorpe Jul 2022 #36
Awesome Johnny2X2X Jul 2022 #14
Excellent, thanks for posting. K&R. c-rational Jul 2022 #15
I had a multivariable calculus professor (for my 3rd semester of calc) BumRushDaShow Jul 2022 #18
The print. Really? And some of us are visual learners. Baitball Blogger Jul 2022 #22
It is an excellent and well known textbook. dalton99a Jul 2022 #23
TY! n/t EndlessWire Jul 2022 #26
Hey, gang, it's at Gutenberg! ironflange Jul 2022 #29
Now let's get colleges to use books like this when they teach their courses... Silent3 Jul 2022 #31
This doesn't surprise me at all jobendorfer Jul 2022 #33
Cool link thanks! perfessor Jul 2022 #35
Would be outlawed in Florida. Why they even have a whole chapter called Integration! retread Jul 2022 #37
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