posted on Sep, 10 2009 @ 03:46 PM
This one came to mind after reading another thread (non-conspiracy related)
But I've often wondered if there is a conspiracy to have college students buy sometimes worthless text books.
It's one of those things I've noticed. I've been college for about a year and a half at this point and in the past few terms I had a philosophy
class in which the teacher assigned two different books, that I never bought. Why did I never buy them? I was trying to help my parents save money, so
I decided to wait and see if I really needed them. The teacher maybe once asked us to read from one of the books, which I didn't worry about because
the man never assigned homework and discussed all the material in class.
I left that philosophy course with a A.
Here's where I began to ponder if there is some sort of conspiracy in this. I had a college study skills course that was very brief with only 2
credits. It was taught by a counselor who did not normally instruct courses. She had us buy a cheap book, that was maybe 20 dollars new. While she
attempted to have us make use of it, she told the class that she did not normally assign course materials. Basically even though I bought this book, I
never had to read it.
Why did she assign a book that we didn't need? She explained that teachers and other administration members pressured her to assign a text book.
Then there was a writing class. one in which I bought the book, and easily got another A, with only reading a few pages of it to read an essay or
understand a basic idea for argument based writing.
There was another course based on study skills, also instructed by a counselor. The text book we only used once, and he gave us copies of what we
needed for this anyways. Good class, however once again, useless texts.
My last term, I took a basic psychology course. This time, the instructor had a book assigned that was custom for this particular class and
instructor. (In other words, I had had to look through a huge stack of books in the bookstore to find a used one on the shelves)
I very rarely read this book. Infact only once did I need it, when I had mis-understood when an assignment was due and had to read ahead to understand
the material (which was then covered in the next session).
Due to the exclusive-ness of the book, it is almost impossible to sell back.
I'm not saying that all classes are this way, I've had quite a few where without the texts, I would not be able to do well.
Any college students former or current notice this trend in their classes?
UPDATE: I've changed the title to reflect the nature of the topic as some posters stated.
[edit on 10-9-2009 by Miraj]