Maybe it's the fact that I've almost sliced my fingers off, but this new class gives me hope. It might be that most of them are seniors so the losers have been weeded out. (Don't get me wrong--some of my best students were freshmen.)
I'm flying without a book. I'm a little nervous about it but I lasted the night without one. I absolutely agree with Ron's comment about text books often being unnecessary. If they were ten or even twenty bucks, I wouldn't mind but I hate assigning a $60 book that is only needed for a couple of classes. If I can manage it with this class, I'm going to try to use a web page in place of a text.