Please Vote: Exercises in TDPL?
dhasenan at gmail.com
Fri May 15 16:11:38 PDT 2009
Nick Sabalausky wrote:
> "Sean Kelly" <sean at invisibleduck.org> wrote in message
>> I also don't understand why professors seem to always choose academic
>> textbooks on the subject when I know there are infinitely better trade
>> books available (which I generally already own).
> Hear hear!!
> There's also another phenomenon I've noticed: Classes that never use the
> book, *except* for heavy use of it during the first two weeks. Call me
> paranoid, but I can't imagine any realistic explanation for that other than
> trying to trick students who have learned not to buy books until they see
> the class *really does* require it (as opposed to the classes that merely
> claim to require it.)
It could also be that the professor is new to teaching and wanted to try
out the book, but did not end up liking it.
> Heck, one of the schools I went to, I know for a fact that the instructors
> were *required* to choose a "required" book for their course and have the
> bookstore order it. A handful of instructors would say on the first day of
> class "Did you get the required book for this course? No? Good. Don't. And
> if you have, go take it back. They just required me to pick one. We won't
> use it, so don't get it."
My university's bookstore refused to accept returns without proof that
you dropped the course.
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