Paying for classes to learn “outside the classroom?”

Every quarter it is the same spiel: you hurry and register for classes before they are sucked up and taken over by the  over-achieving seventeen-year-olds, then scramble to get your text books from the bookstore and wait in the drizzling rain for hours on end only to discover that the book you just spent $150 bucks on, is the “golden  ticket” to passing your courses. You have just dished out thousands of dollars of loans or liquid cash from working endless hours at Pizza Hut to pay for your tuition. Suddenly when it is all said and done,  teachers decide that during the course you’re not going to go over the text book at all and that basically everything you will be tested on is in that magical book.My question is: when was it ever part of the curriculum for professors to tell students after all this, it is our responsibility to “learn the content of course outside of class?”  Not only do professors make sure you pay $300 or more for your text books, then tell you if you don’t read the entire textbook over the next 10 weeks you have a 60 percent chance of being an “average student,” rocking a C grade-point-average. Why show up to class if the entire point of the course is to buy an overpriced book? I can understand that text books should be and are crucial to online and hybrid courses at Bellevue College. But if you’re meeting 5 days a week to sit and doodle and listen to the teacher re-teach themselves only to be tested on everything you didn’t learn in class,  you may as well learn in your jammies and study at DeVry University.

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