Welcome to Rye Country Day's Economic Blog. Here you will find perspectives by students taking Economics at Rye Country Day School. It is meant to be a forum where students can openly express their ideas and take positions on relevant economic issues. I urge everyone to participate in presenting their own ideas in an open manner so that we can all learn from each other. Regardless of whether you are currently taking Economics, everyone is invited and encouraged to comment on articles and get involved. Feel free to e-mail me, Alex Osborne at firstname.lastname@example.org , with comments or suggestions.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Featured Entry - The Burden of Textbooks
Textbooks seem to have fallen behind in our fast paced world of technological development. Living in a wireless world, we still find ourselves lugging around 5 pound textbooks to each class. Not only are they extremely expensive but publishers come out with "new editions" every year where it seems as the only difference is an updated cover and we must buy this new edition to be "on the same page" as everyone else. So, how can we fix this problem? RCDS is blessed with having a laptop program starting in 7th grade, yet, we still do not take advantage of this program. Virtual textbooks would solve this problem. Instead of going through a middleman manufacturer who needs to assemble the book, you would be, in essence, buying directly from the author(s). There is an incentive for everyone here; the author(s) is now selling his product directly to the consumer and his/her profit margin will now be huge. The incentive for students is obvious; no more carrying around heavy backpacks. Another advantage of this method, is when the author "updates" his textbook all he would need to do is edit the textbook and repost it or resend it to his buyers. Lastly, with a virtual textbook the possibilites are endless. With websites like Youtube and Webshots, you could now have more interactive excercises in the textbook such as games or videos that would involve the student more. In conclusion, the benefits here are tremendous and besides having less work for the manufacturer, there seem to be almost no downside. Making textbooks a click away would truly change the environment of school and make it more enjoyable.