Should schools still use textbooks?

Are textbooks still necessary?  Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Federal Communications Commission chair Julius Genachowski said on Feb. 1, 2012 that schools and publishers should “switch to digital textbooks within five years to foster interactive education, save money on books, and ensure classrooms in the US use up-to-date content.”If you look up the pros and cons on the usage of textbooks or ebooks, the pros of using an IPad are far greater than the pros of using a textbook. “Tablets contain many technological features that cannot be found in print textbooks.” (Should Tablets Replace Textbooks in K-12 Schools?) Peter Dewitt is an author, Consultant, workshop facilitator, and keynote speaker. In an article for, he wrote “Textbooks are written from the winner’s point of view. Students need to learn that what they read in textbooks is sometimes a perspective of the winner. There is often another side to the story. Make sure students are researching online or using other resources for different perspectives on the same topic.”

I personally view that, textbooks should not be one-hundred percent cut-out of the school system. I think that math textbooks are still necessary, but history, english, and science textbooks should be online. There has always been the issue of textbooks causing health issues with students and with the ease of having most of our textbooks online, this issue would be eliminated. You can find more information on topics on the internet with IPads than using a textbook. If you do some quick research online, you can find out that textbooks can easily become out-dated and do not have the exact, up-to-date information that an IPad has. Math however, is not a constantly evolving subject matter. This subject needs to stay in the textbooks, for sake of writing and lack of new information.So, do I believe schools should still use textbooks, the answer is yes. Schools should still use textbooks.


DeWitt, Peter. “Peter DeWitt, Ed.D.” Petermdewitt. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Sept. 2016.

DeWitt, Peter. “Do Textbooks Still Have a Place in Schools?” Education Week. N.p., 14 Mar.             2013. Web. 10 Sept. 2016.

“Tablets vs. Textbooks –” ProConorg Headlines. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Sept. 2016.


3 thoughts on “Should schools still use textbooks?

  1. I get where the writer of that article is coming from, but too many things have been moved to the internet, school-wise. As a student I can say in that past few years my time spent on the computer has increased drastically because the school has been moving all the textbooks, assignments, reminders, grades, etc, onto the internet. The heavy backpack problem sucked, but my eyesight has gotten poorer from all the time spent staring at a screen for schoolwork. Give and take, I guess.

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