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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Just For Laughs

Via INCITE - Beck

The California Assembly is betting that kids learn more with small books.

Lawmakers voted Thursday to ban school districts from purchasing textbooks longer than 200 pages.

The bill, believed to be the first of its kind nationwide, was hailed by supporters as a way to revolutionize education.

AB 756 was approved by a vote of 42-28, with most Republicans opposing the measure.


From The Tin Tin Man:

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4 Comments:

At 10:52 AM, Blogger Glass House said...

I remember having very fat textbooks in school and they didn't seem to traumatize me or have a long term effect on my ability to learn new things throughout my life. I wonder if we could do a survey of Amazon book sales to see how well books over 200 pages sell? Most of the paperback or hard cover books I've read are well over 200 pages. Is it just me or is this one of the most ridiculous wastes of the California Assembly people's time and the taxpayers' money?!?

 
At 8:22 AM, Blogger joated said...

Kids today are often forbidden the opportunity to go to their lockers (if their school has them) between classes. They lug all their textbooks about in backpacks that weigh as much as some 6th and 7th graders. This proposal is an obvious attempt to alleviate the huge physical burden some students sling over their shoulders when the bell rings.

That being said, I hope the textbook publishers reissue the same books in two, three or four volumes with increased costs for those states/districts that are willing to pay while at the same time keeping the original volume for those schools which don't force kids to carry every worldly possession or which use classroom texts as references.

California and Texas, the two largest purchasers of textbooks in the country, often drive the market. It will be interesting to see where this goes.

By the way, isn't carrying textbooks a good form of physical exercise when done correctly? Shouldn't we be incouraging students to get more physical exercise since we have really watered down the PE classes since they went coed? (That's not a knock on either sex. There just seems to be less competition in PE classes. When guys competed against guys and gals against gals, they seemed to get into it more.)

 
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