Sunday, November 23, 2008
The Unused Textbook.
They're weighing me down and overcrowding my room.
I realize the importance of over expensive textbooks. I admit that I've learned from them, been moved by them, hated them and have even fallen asleep on top of them.
Even though every one of my classes requires one or more of said textbooks, in half of these classes we have not even used the required textbook. There are textbooks that I haven't even opened since the beginning of the year. I haven't needed to. In some classes, we've used them once or twice; in others they haven't even been mentioned.
I have no problem investing in a book that I will get something out of. The textbooks that I use on a regular basis are, for the most part, insightful. Is it necessary to assign textbooks that students will only need once during the semester, or worse, not need at all?
I want to be more involved with the untouched textbooks that have made their home in my desk drawer(s). Or I don't want to be required to purchase them. These brand new "used" but unused books are taking up space while depreciating in value all of the time. My college lifestyle is expensive enough, and a few hundred dollars may not be much to some people, but could possibly be put to better use.