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The problem is that text books are too expensive, they are underused, they are of low quality, they are ideology slanted and they are agenda driven.
The cause is government. Government heavy hand in education drives out free enterprise benefits. Government mandates that many people attain a college degree and a license before practicing their trade. This forces a person wanting to be a professional to attend and pass though a college regulated by government. This gives a universities monopolistic powers to charge extra. Accreditation and Licensing boards also hold great power since people have to achieve their requirements to practice their trade. Textbook corporations regularly go to these licensing boards to explain why the purchase of their product should be made mandatory before one can attain a license.
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The solution is liberty. Allowing competitive regulatory agencies to determine licensing requirements under their agency and other CRA determining their requirements brings competition. With many different options to attain a license, cost will come down though the free market. The free market must also attract people by giving high quality education and thus the quality would increase. Standards would increase as buyers of the professional services choose higher rated services.