Arnold Schwarzenegger, the body-building state governor terminated the textbooks claiming that they are 'outdated and too expensive. He announced the ban on textbooks in a classroom in Sacramento, holding up four large text books and joking, "I can use these for the (bicep) curls." He said that children would easily adapt and denied that they would be getting a raw deal. "Textbooks are outdated, in my opinion. For so many years, we"ve been trying to teach the kids exactly the same way," he added.
“Our kids get their information from the internet, downloaded onto their iPods, and in Twitter feeds to their cell phones... Basically. Kids are feeling as comfortable with their electronic devices as I was with my pencils and crayons. So why are California"s school students still forced to lug around antiquated, heavy, expensive textbooks?" Schwarzenegger said.
California is the first US state to take up digital textbooks, which Schwarzenegger says could save hundreds of millions of dollars. Officials claim that average textbook costs $75 to $100—far more than its digital equivalent. Last year California spent $350 million on textbooks and can no longer afford it. California's revenue plummeted during recession, after which officials are finding means to cut down expenses. Hope this new initiative will save the state.