Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Unimaginative Students...

More bothering to me, than the fact that 7 out of 10 students don't buy a text book due to the costs, is that they are apparently apathetic or unimaginative.

When I was in school, I would often goto the teacher and say something to the effect of "Hey, I won't want to spend $150 bucks on the new edition of this book... since I doubt that much has really changed in this class, is there anyway that I can use the last edition, which was published 2 years ago, and costs 35 cents on Amazon?"

It might be that teachers in Kentucky care a little bit more, or are even a bit more polite than others in the country, but, I never had an issue doing this. If nothing else, I would buy the books used on Amazon.com, rather than at the book store (which always inflated the prices).

Even if a teacher is un-helpful, it may show that we as a society are screwed, since students will often be willing to spend thousands of dollars to take a class, but are unwilling/unable to buy a book for it, costing just a few hundred dollars (small by comparison). A lot of times, I get the feeling that people just don't want to spend the money, when they actually can; it has just become so acceptable to blame problems on money, that everyone seems to do it.

Food for thought, from somebody that was in college a few years ago...

1 comment:

Taylor Conant said...

It's like a mini-socialist common wealth effect:

The students usually aren't paying their tuition-- their parents or the government are.

But they may be responsible for buying their textbooks. Unfortunately, that is money that must compete for other ends, as well, such as getting drunk/high and getting laid.

So, when the student exercises human action, he displays his real preferences-- not to be educated, but to evade reality by getting drunk/stoned/laid constantly.