A Huge Jump In Textbook Costs
Since 1978 the cost of textbooks in the United States has jumped 860%.
This means that the average college student must pay between $600 and $700 per year for books -- and much more in some specialized areas.
Although it is convenient to have assigned books associated with courses, textbooks are typically three to five years out of date by the time they are adopted by courses.
When you add to that a few years to get through college, you can see why a college commencement speaker who was promoting life-long learning said, "Congratulations on graduating from college, but you should know that everything you've learned is now out of date."
For most fields the only way you can keep pace with change is by current (and free!) Internet research and, of course, interactive Internet courses that are kept up to date.
Even academic disciplines such as history and archeology are finding constant changes in their fields as new discoveries come to light.
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