Two ways to beat the high cost of textbooks

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  • Jon W. Murray, UT
    May 23, 2012 10:12 a.m.

    Mr. Hildebrand's conjecture that textbooks represent only two percent of the cost of an education is elitist at best and ludicrous at worst. I was talking with a young man the other week who will be attending the University of Utah in the engineering program next year, and he told me his tuition was going to be about $7000 for the year. Assuming textbooks cost the same at the U as they do at Harvard or MIT, this would put his $600-700 for textbooks closer to adding 10 percent to his tuition.

    I applaud the efforts of those professors who are more concerned about their student's finances than about their own. And yes, it is possible to read more than one document at a time on a computer - I have to do it all the time for my job.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    May 23, 2012 5:12 a.m.

    These professors thinking may seem honorable and fine, but when teachers write their own textbooks you end up with narrow minded one mans opinion in education and standards. Education must remain free and variable with inputs and information from many sources. For professors to update their own material is time intense and seems to get less priority and soon becomes unusable.

    When I was in school these kinds of books and materials were available then but only as companion information to other resources and this is what books written by teachers amount to.

    My problem with digital books and trying to get an educaiton via internet of broadcast education is it is not learn friendly. Digital information is good for one pass and if you try to go back and make sure you understand what you are learning it is difficult and very time consuming, and you lose your train of thought.

    When I am reading and working on educational materials many books and many pages are open at the same time, how do you do that with a PC monitor? Or is education less intense now and the need to learn is not important and more narrow minded?