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Here's a proposed solution: Do away with textbooks. Have tax payer money go to a national comittee of member professors who work on updating the standard curricula (with good version control), any time there's a change or new hotspot in the area of say cell biology, they can review/update and "push" their changes to the master for merging. Then the teachers can just "pull" the updated version to their pc's in the classroom, students could do the same. Have the same thing at the college level. If a student for some reason has no internet access (shouldn't internet access be a right by now, try functioning without it), he can receive a printed version. There are so many positives to this (environmental, educational), but I suppose the interest groups involved who profit from "learning" (which should be the most important free/open thing we promote), would never let this happen ...



Have tax payer money go to a national comittee of member professors who work on updating the standard curricula (with good version control), any time there's a change or new hotspot in the area of say cell biology, they can review/update and "push" their changes to the master for merging.

The print textbooks used in schools in several parts of east Asia have had a rational production process like that (hire experts to determine what is really essential content, and then have pedagogical experts work out the best way to present the content) for years. That's one of the big reasons why, even when Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and Singapore were poor countries (are you old enough to remember those days?), they made good educational progress through effective schooling for the broad national population, and why none of those countries are poor anymore. The United States is still too "fat and happy" (I like that dialectical English term for "complacent") to do something as efficient or rational for its school system.


A master textbook designed by a committee? It would probably be the most boring dull thing ever.

Worse, this is effectively what you already have in state school systems like Texas where you have a committee approving the sanctioned books for the public schools.

The results of this is the inclusion of intelligent design, downplaying of evolution, etc... etc..


Well, the biology textbooks put together by states north of the Mason-Dixon Line should be alright... =P


Applying software development models will fix it! =P

If all you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_the_instrument


Digital textbooks are a pain.




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