This paper is a topic proposal required for ENG112’s final project. It contains an explanation of price of textbooks. Further, it will explain the annotated bibliography of sources related to price of textbooks.
Textbooks are an important tool in acquiring knowledge. They provide references for further study. Without them, learning would be shallow. The price of textbooks has a tremendous impact on the output of both students and teachers (Philips 12).
Textbooks are key necessities in preparing lesson plans. They guide the teachers to be good managers of time by defining lesson durations. Students read ahead of their teachers and can face examinations with courage even when there are questions on topics not already covered in class (Altbach 4). Students use textbooks as references to confirm what the teachers have taught them. Therefore, it is a platform that promotes harmony between teachers and students.
Increase in the price of textbooks puts a small number of students and teachers in less use for them. Most teachers and learners will not afford to buy their copies (Philips 140). Teachers, for example, will have to wait for their colleagues to lend them once they are done using at a particular moment (Cram 4). Due to defined timeframes in teaching, teachers will have rough sketches not drawn from textbooks if they are not able to borrow from their colleagues. Students too will not be empowered to read ahead of the teachers. It is impossible also to seek further reference from the books since they do not have sufficient copies. Students result to group consultations. Since individuals seek for knowledge on different areas, these groups get less objective. The overall result is reduced quality of education (Cram 9). Both students and teachers are attracted to other sources like the internet. Such sources encourage loss of concentration as they offer a wide range of other platforms like Facebook (Philips 168). Covering this topic allows the government to regulate the prices of textbooks. Book authors also get a guide on setting their prices to increase output.
Unemployment is a source related to the high cost of textbooks. The customer turnout at book centers is low when the books are highly priced. Therefore, there is a low count of staff at these book centers (Richard et al. 102). In private schools and colleges where parents provide books for their children, the challenge of high costs sees a little number of the parents sending their children to school. The number of teachers and support staff goes down as well (Altbach 8). Unemployment at the private sector rises. The enrolment numbers in government schools increase. Congestion in such institutions gives birth to low-quality education, as there is hardly enough time to pay individual attention (Cram 12). Challenges characterizing the government schools like the laxity, overpopulation and poor sanitation lead to the realization of incompetent individuals.
High cost of textbooks relates to immigration. Many people who cannot afford higher education find it becomes hard to land decent jobs in their countries. Education as a whole gets expensive and affordable only to a few (Philips 201). The unfortunate lot faces employment challenges as they lack the necessary qualifications. Employers compete for the qualified few. They seek for employment in other countries that promise much better. The country is at a loss of resourceful citizens who would have otherwise yielded much better if they had the resources to equip themselves (Altbach 11). It is unfortunate that most often than not, the jobs offered overseas are not decent either. They are characterized by long working hours and mistreatment of the workers due to racism. High costs of transport back home keep these employees tied overseas. After all, it is better to suffer from a pay than to be free and broke (Philips 198).
High pricing of textbooks has a direct relationship with the increased popularity of overseas institutions. They enroll in high numbers not because they are effective but cheap (Cram 18). The individuals who go out of their home countries to seek for knowledge from such institutions come back to their countries only to realize their papers are not worth much. During the recruitment process, most companies insist they want candidates from recognized institutions. Such institutions mostly include the public universities within home countries (Altbach 58). Individuals feel it is a waste of time, resources and energy to study hard abroad and come back to their home country, only to face ridicule for their papers. It is heartbreaking and results in conditions of stress and depression.
Increased poverty is a source related to price of textbooks. When textbooks are highly priced, it translates to hard economic life. The poor do not make it to school. While some undesirable traits are inherent, others are picked due to the situations that surround individuals (Richard et al. 145). Schools are known to shape the lives of people who would otherwise have become dangerous (Philips 253). Idleness is a disease that a school can heal completely. The teachers motivate the students who aspire to be like them or better. Smoking, drinking, stealing, gambling among others are all vices that largely identify with school dropouts (Altbach 85).
Philips, Louis. The economics of price discrimination. New York, NY: Press Syndicate of the University of Cambridge, 1981. Print
Altbach, Philip G. Textbooks in American society: Politics, policy and pedagogy. New York, NY: State University of New York Press, 1991. Print
Cram, Tony. Smarter pricing ePub eBook. New Jersey, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2010. Print.
Price, Richard, and D.O. Thomas.Price: Political Writings. New York, NY: Press Syndicate of the University of Cambridge, 1991. Print