Project #47110 - commenting other students essay

!Discuss with Peers: Post the analysis you wrote of the textbook proposal, and then read the posts submitted by others in the class. Discuss your answers (reply to at least two peers). As you do this, consider how (if at all) your answers differ and why. How did your assessments of the various proposals differ? Be finished with the discussion by 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday of Week 8.

 

first, this is mine:

The Rising Cost of College Books

The article, Cost of College Text Books out Of Control, is written by Herb Weisbaum. This article focuses on the challenges the students are facing due to the perpetually rising prices of textbooks. Textbooks are essential resources for college study. They are the major sources of information regarding the student’s area of study. The availability of the books affects the quality of information that the students acquires. They are crucial tools for enhancing and sharpening skills. This discussion focuses on this article. It identifies the target audience for the article, the problem and the solution provided in the text to curb this problem.

The Target audiences for the above article are the university professors and the college administration. The solutions given in the textbook problem, focus on the efforts of the university professors and the administration. The author of the article explains that there exists a challenge for the students because they have limited access to the course material in the form of text books. According to the article, students have to deal with paying a high price to obtain the textbooks. Some textbooks are sold at a cost of $200. On average a student may spend as much as their tuition fee for purchasing textbooks. The article notes that, the rising costs affect the students’ decisions on then the courses they take. The students prefer to take courses that do not require dear books. It also undermines their grades because the students will prefer to have a lower grade than to purchase a particular book that would be instrumental in improving their grades. It is all because it may not be affordable to them.  A research by the government accountability office supports the article claims by saying that, textbook cost between year 2002 and 2013, rose by 82%. A survey conducted indicates that, 65% of the research population acknowledges that textbooks are dear; 48% say text books are crucial in determining the classes they choose and 94% fear that failure to purchase the books has a negative impact on their grades.

The consumer advocates suggest that the way forward for the above situation is to increase the use of open textbooks. These are textbooks authored by the academic lecturers. They are peer reviewed and approved for academic use. The books are available online for free or a charge of not more than $40.  It requires the tertiary schools to invest in the development of the open texts for their students. The university input involves the school administration. The author gives an instance that proves that open textbooks are viable in this case. Irene Duranczyk is a professor who has been using the open textbooks in her classes. She notes that her students appreciate the texts and has plans to use them in the future.

 

Among the three articles, That Textbook Costs How Much? $200?; Can Open Education Save Students From Expensive Textbooks?; and Cost of college textbooks out of control, the group says. The article, That Textbook Costs How Much? $200?; provides the strongest proposal for curbing the rising cost of textbooks. The article focuses on involving the congressmen. The legislators should come up with legal measures of dealing with the academic problem. Legal measures are more permanent than use of open textbooks suggested in the other two articles.

and this is the other two students essay to compare.

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The Cost of Textbooks by Kiya “Q” Hankerson

 

The constant rise in textbooks going on throughout college campuses across America is a major concern for most students. Sarah Wright writes about the topic for the Education Insider News Blog. Education Portal.com was in attendance for a webinar presentation by the Student PIRG’s. This presentation was quite informative and “eye-popping”. The discussion illuminated the problem of out of control costs for textbooks, while also proposing a solution that could stem the tide of rising textbooks.

Nicole Allen, representative for the Students Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) explained that a single textbook could cost a couple weeks salary of a part-time student taking classes. The prices of one of these textbooks can cost upwards of $250 dollars. Inflation for textbooks can be as high as four times the rate of ordinary inflation. Nicole Allen’s presentation offered some very good solutions to this major problem in education. Open licensing of textbooks looks to be a very good idea to cut the costs of textbooks to students. It allows copyright protection for the publishers while, giving flexibility to teachers to alter material to fit the curriculum being taught. The opportunity to omit chapters that aren’t needed helps with the learning process and ultimately lowering costs.
The problems with the current way textbooks are sold is that publishing companies continue to release new editions to textbooks that aren’t necessary and they often come bundled with software that drive up the cost of the textbooks. This has been a common practice of price gouging that has kept prices for books high. Using open licensing, students and teachers will now be afforded an opportunity at textbooks of the same quality as textbooks sold currently and cheaper than the textbook in the current form. Ms. Allen uses three criteria to attack the problem Quality, Cost and Fit. To keep the quality of textbooks using open licensing, experts write and review the work in textbooks to ensure quality. Costs come down considerably when the text is being offered for free online. Capping price points at $100 for downloads and printing of the book will keep books closer to the budget of most students. Fitting textbooks to the curriculum of the course by allowing omission of chapters not needed, helps the teaching experience and lowers price of book.

This presentation, offered the best solution to reducing the price of books. Government regulation as a solution will only result in a fact finding mission with no real solution. The ability to open license books is a good compromise, great solution that has good benefits for both sides of the argument.

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this is the second

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Textbooks are becoming difficulties to students, because they aren’t only heavy in weights, but also cost a big money. With lots of arguments, people are trying hard to come up with a better solution. Published by The Editorial board on April 10, 2008, “That Textbook Costs How Much? $200? “ illustrates that textbooks today are expensive. Then it gives a possible way of how to spend less money on textbooks by introducing the House bill H.R. 4137. 

 

    The whole article actually tries to show the features of the House bill H.R. 4137, which was pushed by Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon and George Miller from California. This bill was supposed to decrease the cost on textbooks by, firstly requiring the industries to give textbooks' prices to schools’ faculties and faculties to be clear about how much are the books they choose; secondly the bill requires sellers to sell textbooks by taking off the extras, for example, CDs which are usually bundled to the books today; thirdly this billy requires schools to schedule the lists of recommended books much earlier for the students so students might have more time to find one with lower price, and it also requires faculties to assign the books more carefully in order to make books worth buying. Explaining the bill with everyday language, this article believes that this bill is a solution for lowering the textbook fees by enforcing so. Since this is a congressional bill, it will only works when people vote “yes” to pass it. 

 

    In order to bring up the idea about how House bill H.R. 4137 works, the article firstly states that struggles with expensive textbooks are real. By saying “you need to haul a wheelbarrow full of dollars to the college book store” (par. 1) in the first paragraph of the article. It demonstrates that textbooks are expensive today and readers know that.

 

    The article attends to show its idea to textbooks buyers or specifically the ones who struggle with expensive textbooks. The title states two questions—“That Textbook Costs How Much? $200” (title). It focuses on the subjects “textbook” and “$200” in order to attract the audience who have the same questions. Also in the first paragraph, it makes clear who its audience is by saying “[a]nyone who has bought the latest textbook in, say, economics, knows” (par. 1). It tries to get the attentions from who are experiencing buying a textbook with a high price by talking about the sympathy.

 

    Among the three articles, “Can Open Education Save Students From Expensive Textbooks? “ is the strongest proposal because it states the problem very clear and completely gives details of the solution. In “Cost of college textbooks out of control, group says”, it illustrates the exist of the problem with the statics and open textbooks might be the solution. Even at the end of the article, however, it doesn’t mention any reason why open textbooks is good solution. In “That Textbook Costs How Much? $200?”, it gives the problem and mentions the solution in details, but the solution is a congressional bill. In other words, this solution comes with a lot of procedures and might be costly. And it might not get passed at the worst. In “Can Open Education Save Students From Expensive Textbooks?”, it doesn't only have a good introduction of the problem, but also come up with a solution that can easily work for everyone. By asserting that legal use of open textbooks saves money and summing up three criteria of open textbooks—quality, cost and fit—it give a big but complete picture about how the solution works. Then “Can Open Education Save Students From Expensive Textbooks?” provides readers with three links in the end which could give readers more informations. It is helpful! So that “Can Open Education Save Students From Expensive Textbooks?” should be the strongest in the solving the problem. 

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 11/11/2014 02:00 pm
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