Monday, June 26, 2006

back to school

so i'm back in school. it had been 4 years since i had been in a class, but i finally made it to graduate school. school pretty much feels like it always did. it's weird to actually have to do something outside of work. aside from work you can pretty much let just about any activity slide and not feel too much ill effects. it's all good, though. at least now i get to walk around with a backpack and not feel like a goon. it's just like undergrad when walking around with a backpack makes you feel like you have a purpose. although, i must admit, after 4 years without one, i don't feel the same purposelessness when i am without a backpack.

one thing that has not changed at all is the textbooks. of course the editions have changed, so they can get you for more money every year, but the readability hasn't changed at all.they are lame as all get out. mind-wandering is inevitable. what would happen in the world if someone actually started writing textbooks that weren't completely dry and boring? i think it could be a revolution of knowledge. to paraphrase Jerry Seinfeld, "They can land a man on the moon, but they can't make a mildly interesting textbook?" what if there was a textbook that was a total page-turner?

Person A:"You read the first couple chapters yet? How are they?

Person B: "Oh yeah, and then some, I can't put it down! This textbook is completely habit forming, I'm totally addicted. I'm enjoying it so much I'm afraid the surgeon general will soon discover that it is hazardous to my health."

People wonder why the United States has lost intellectual credibility, why Japan and Europe are passing us up in Math and Science, and I'm certain it's because of the textbooks. If we start making interesting textbooks we will sure turn the tide on declining learning among our youth.

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