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July 21, 2006

Backpack injuries

Filed under: textbooks — texased @ 4:09 am

Back-to-School Alert for Parents: Beware Child Injuries Caused by Overweight, Ill-Fitting Backpacks: Financial News – Yahoo! Finance:

Experts say a loaded backpack should not exceed fifteen percent of the child’s weight, but as many as 55 percent of today’s students are carrying loads far in excess of the recommended limit. Due to the increasing size of textbooks, and the removal of lockers for space and safety reasons, some students’ packs exceed 40 pounds, more than would be advisable for most adults.

The question, are the textbooks worth it?

2 Comments »

  1. I actually ran across something along these lines while researching a previous post on the increasing use of electronic media to replace the textbook. I didn’t touch on it directly, and relieving problems like these via CD-ROMs and the Internet are admittedly a secondary benefit, but a benefit nonetheless.

    Comment by Ryan — July 27, 2006 @ 5:03 pm

  2. I actually read your post when it first came out. I did agree with the comment about teachers not having the resources or desire to create their own classes. There is so much available online that people have put up for free at sites such as 4teachers.org. And then there are sites such as BrainPop that I actually subscribe to for their content.

    It’s not all good, in fact, it can be hard to find some thing really worthwhile. However, it reminds of the web when it first started. Look at how far it has come in ten years. And as younger people enter the profession who have been blogging all their lives, it won’t seem like such a big deal to create your own content.

    There already exists an avenue for education entrepreneurs: homeschoolers. There are plenty of teachers who have developed products and launched them by starting selling to homeschoolers who have a lot more flexibility in selecting their curriculum.

    It’s a lot easier to burn cd’s than printout text books. But the downside is that Kansas would have to change their biology cds with every state schoolboard election.

    Comment by texased — July 30, 2006 @ 8:13 pm


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