Tuesday, April 03, 2007

The Books. (Part 2)

Out of all subjects, Choueifat prides itself most in its Physics course. By the end of the twelfth grade, an average 12S (sciences section) student would have finished the better part of a two or three year university course in general Physics. Also, for some odd reason, Physics is compulsory for the sciences section students while Biology and Chemistry are not. It's almost as if they want us all to grow up to become little Physicists and Mathematicians!

But that's not the issue I'm going to address today. This morning, while we were revising Physics (or trying to), we realised that we were flipping through eight different books. EIGHT different books. "University Physics 11E", "Physics Level N Core Questions", "Physics Level N Course Extra Practice Questions", "Physics Level N Electricity and Relativity", "Physics Level N Mechanics M2", "Physics Level N Kinematics and Waves", "Physics Level O Core Course" and "Physics Course Level N/O Basic Questions". Usually I wouldn't mind so much, but the thing is that EVERYTHING in the last five books was already in the first textbook.

Why do we buy so many books then? The only reasonable explanation I can logically deduce is that Choueifat wants revenue. They want to profit as much as possible. At times, they seem to be more like a firm than a school. I understand that it's a private school, but shouldn't the students' educations still be their primary concern?


A Bangali said...

Well, Physics is only compulsory because Mr. Germanos used to teach it at Choueifat. And does it matter if Chemistry is optional? I'm sure most people end up taking it to get their high school diploma. Besides 11S students have suffered through so much hybridisation and God knows what other grade 12 material that it would be a shame to drop Chemistry.

As for the seven other books, that's just a part of the old evolution of SABIS books story. Soon they'll do away with the (amazing) external text book and we'll only have sub-standard,super-summarised, over-priced and characteristically dull SABIS books.

It starts off with an innocent-looking sheet of photocopied Basic Questions. Then, the following year, they send in some "extra exercises". This eventually produces a "workbook". Then they issue "notes" to be used in conjunction with an external textbook. And soon thereafter, SABIS moves in for the kill.......
A totally SABIS produced textbook. They also have the audacity to top that up with a Sample Questions book.

I mean come on - the biology textbooks for grade 11 have stick diagrams - STICK DIAGRAMS and that too in a biology textbook?

As if that wasn't enough, they managed to sell everyone TWO Applied Math Sample Question books this year. Heck, but they wouldn't stop there. I don't know what I'm doing with Physics and Economics "Lesson Plan" Booklets (collecting dust) on my table. These of course were built to us as "compulsory". The English Department, not to be outdone, sold us TOEFL books for the Computer-based test instead of the Internet based one (IBT) although Choueifat Abu Dhabi was a centre for the IBT exam. I mean WTF?

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