Southwestern College in Chula Vista,
California is in the top one per cent!

January, 2006

Southwestern College bookstore is now in the one percent of
college bookstores who RENT books to students.  Students
enjoy low fees at community colleges, but books usually cost
close to one hundred dollars each.
Click here for Chris
Moran's story
It would make sense for classroom teachers to choose more of their
own materials, instead of paying millions of dollars a year to big
publishing companies for textbooks that
WILL NOT BE USED IN MANY CLASSROOMS.

For many  classrooms, the state-supplied books are simply not the
best choice for those particular students, or that particular teacher.  
If a teacher is gifted, and has knowledge and teaching skills beyond
the norm, she is able to tailor lessons very precisely to the students
in front of her, and to the moment in which a lesson is being taught.  

Especially in the upper grades, the state-supplied textbooks are
sometimes too difficult for entire classrooms of students.  The
money should be used to help those kids, NOT the publishing
companies.

And TEXTBOOKS certainly DO NOT NEED TO BE REPLACED every
seven years.   Many of us have seen almost-new state-supplied
books being GIVEN AWAY OR THROWN AWAY at schools across the
state.
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San Diego Education Report.  All
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Let each classroom teacher, not administrators or union leaders,
decide what materials are needed in his or her own classroom!
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