Alrenous: Way to gloss over the hardest part, book of life dude. went off to the mountains in search of a better way of living. Other people soon joined him
Felix: These studies may have shown that if you crank up your exercise you won’t live longer. Why? Well, what if the only people in the study populations who made a serious, conscious and effective effort to up their exercise were the ones who reported they did a lot of exercise? That seems likely. And it didn’t help. They died anyway. Why is it that reporting of health studies seems to be an endless pool of correlation/causality confusion? Is there something unusual about the numeracy of...
Graham: I’m not sure they have understood the ontological status of Valar and Maiar the way I always did, which I thought I had taken from Tolkien and mainstream commentary. Although the age of the Valar, higher angels or greater gods depending on whether one likes a Christian or a Norse pagan aesthetic, was largely ended in Middle Earth with the First Age, that Age clearly ended with the direct intervention not only of the Valar but of Iluvatar. There were elves, at least, in the Third Age who had...
Becky: Reminds me of Richard Feyman’s frustration of reviewing textbooks.
Coyote: What percentage of these poor were those disenfranchised tribal undocumented shoppers, illegal aliens, etc.? Growing up with the poor whites didn’t keep us out of ROTC and fighter pilot, nuclear power school, etc. What a load of garbage. All they did here was confirm the facts we already knew: the dindu nuffins and such score way down the IQ scale.
BJK: Just use Schaum’s. The explanations are never as important as lots of test problems. I’ve used Schaum’s to teach myself all the math I didn’t learn in high school.
Bill: These textbooks are a disgrace. I wonder how many parents have examined them. One September evening, my (then) middle school son came to me almost in tears. He was unable to do the math homework in his new 7th grade math book. I was shocked to find out that every chapter in his book started with a table of vocabulary words in both English and Spanish. Really? Most mathematicians and engineers would say that mathematics is itself a language. The book had so many brightly colored pictures and useless...
A Boy and His Dog: For most subjects they could do a one-off printing of old textbooks that are in the public domain. Maybe some small old fashioned districts could form a co-op to reduce printing costs. Also, one wonders if the common core will help to ameliorate the situation by limiting the patchwork of standards that need to be included.
Letters in a Box: I last looked at it a few years ago, but I thought that Halliday & Resnick (with the addition of Jearl Walker) had expanded into the online world with supplements and exercises very well.
Rdub: I knew I was seeing the beginning of the end when my Director of Ed. gleefully handed me what seemed to be a thick glossy catalog, saying: “This is what textbooks are going to look like now, so get used to it!” Graphic-heavy slick pages with a “Seventeen” magazine inspired format, including essays by such luminaries as Henry Rollins (I am a fan of his music, but who is being squeezed out of a textbook to make way for his writing?), all at a remedial level.