I swear, if there's anything more inefficient than the textbooks of colleges please point me in it's direction. It needs immediate attention.
Mayhap this should be in the "complain about x" section, but I seriously spent $400 dollars on textbooks because they had ALL new editions and immediately removed the old editions from shelves (even though they honestly have the same content for the most part.).. My weight training teacher wasn't even AWARE of a new edition until we showed it to him.
I don't think teachers should rely on textbooks, or if they do, it should be a bare minimum. Using the examples below to back up my statement..
My kinesiology courses both required me to buy the textbooks, but they only have 3-4 minute take-home quizzes that account for a total of <10% of my grade. $50 dollars for 3 quizzes is a bit extreme.
On top of that, there's a BRAND new Bio1 textbook and they admit they may not buy it back even though you're forced to buy it brand new because they're not sure they want to keep this particular textbook past the semester. WHAT?!
So go ahead, vent your anger and tell me why college textbooks are as ridiculous as I know them to be.