High School Text Books: Form Factor and Weight
Algebra 2 text-book prescribed for high school students in California is very large and heavy. Kids are likely to find it challenging lifting it with one hand. If they are small then they probably need to use both hands.
Isn’t the book heavy and unwieldy ? Would the book cause internal injury to abdomen if the kid drops it by mistake on their stomach while reading it lying on bed like they are used to reading story books?
Why can’t math text-book be simpler both in form factor and weight like the ones used in India? Even if they want to keep the content as they have now, could they have split the book into two volumes – one for first half of the school year and one for the 2nd half?
Should California import Math books from India? The text books used in India are simple, are paperback editions, short and sweet, and more importantly keep the content to the point. No silly skiing example to explain linear or quadratic equations.
How could California, the state that produced iPhone using the Zen principles simplicity, not produce a better text-book product? Did the product team that was in charge of the book knew how to design and present the product? How could they use so many colors, particularly strong primary colors for boxes, tables and for others? The colors strike reader’s eye so strong that it takes effort to find the main text amidst the glitter and glare.
Above all , why would a state like CA use so much chemical required to print in color given it is the most progressive one with respect to safeguarding the environment? Could it have supplied students with Kindles loaded with text books instead of printed books? Why print heavy books and in particular ones like the Algebra 2 text-book that is close to 1000 pages long?