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These books all came from local Junior High, High School, Colleges, and residents. All were “discards” and “throw aways”.
In most cases these books are not replaced in inventory with new copies and are certainly not replaced when these schools transition to e-books. That is the troubling part.
Some of these books will be used in home school, tutoring and recreational efforts.
One could say that I am an electronics hobbyist. I recently needed a new oscilloscope so I checked the local sources. I don’t need anything too fancy. I am just looking for a used CRT or Digital scope. Preferably 40MHz bandwidth or higher. I’m looking for the good reputable brands like Tektronix, Hameg, B&K , HP, Kikusui, etc.
For those who don’t know what an oscilloscope looks like this is a public domain image of one from wikicommons
Typically these things are dirt cheap and can even be had for free if the local college is throwing them out. The problem is, between two community colleges and one major state university in my area, no one knew what an oscilloscope is. At the first two community colleges I spoke to professors in the Computer Science Department and with several “Lab Techs”. I spoke with “Engineering Professors” and the heads of the departments. I was floored. I asked: “I’m just looking to see if you have any electronic testing equipment that you might be getting rid of?” When asked to clarify I said I was looking for an old oscilloscope. The reply was “I don’t even know what you’re talking about.” At the local major State University I spoke with the heads of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, the Engineering Department Head, and the Head of the Petroleum Engineering Department. They didn’t tell me that they didn’t have them or that I would have to check an auction, or even that they aren’t allowed to give them away anymore. They told me they didn’t know what an oscilloscope was and they seemed to be suspicious that they actually exist when I tried to explain what they do. These are people with Masters Degrees and Doctorates in various fields of Science and Engineering. Someone please help, I have found myself in the Twilight Zone.
Concerned yet? I am after this and my last news post about the busting of the peer review ring. I suggest reading books.
Please calm yourself dear readers. There is a reason my title is in quotes. I did not ask that question. This is my personal anecdote to which I was witness on July 16, 2014. My story begins yesterday morning as I was browsing a local independent bookstore. I was searching a particular shelf located next to the Art History section. (The store is not arranged well at all.) Next to me were two women I had seen come in when I did. The party consisted of a young lady who was a High School Junior, Her Mother and her Aunt.
The Girl was looking at the Art History section with her Aunt and the lady mentioned something about a book having to do with Spain. I believe it was Córdoba specifically. The girl indicated that she did not know what that was. The Aunt assured her that she would learn about it in Spanish III when the school year starts. The girl replied “Is Spain in Europe?” The Aunt seemed shocked to hear the question. “Yes it is in Europe!” The Aunt replied. “But Europeans speak English like us right?’ The girl asked. The Aunt was becoming visibly flustered and replied “Well think about it. What countries are in Europe?” Meaning she obviously wanted the girl to realize France obviously speaks French, Germany speaks German, etcetera. A look of horror appeared on the Aunt’s face when her niece could not name a single country in Europe. Visibly unable to process the ramifications of the geographical educational shortcomings of her Niece, her reply was “Well, you’ll learn all that in Geography.” Pointing out what I already knew about High Schools in my state, the girl answered “I already took Geography!” Meaning that she is done with Geography for the rest of her educational life, finished the course, passed the course, within the last year, and can not name a single country in Europe or any of the corresponding languages.
I was about to tell the Aunt that she would have to start over with her education but they quickly left the area and I had just found my book.