I have since begun a very small collection of some of our grade school books - mostly readers. So now I'm really wishing we would've taken better care of them. It's hard to find a 40 year old school book in decent shape.
By the way - I'd like to have a set of the old spelling books we had in grade school. Remember those? Each year's cover was a different color, but all of them had a pattern of letters on them something like this:
If you happen to find any of these - lemme know.
So anyways... I'm not sure what the process is now-a-days - if they even have to sign for textbooks at all. I do know that in some high schools, they're moving from textbooks to MacBooks! I doubt they even have a damage waiver like we did - because if you damage these hi-tech toys, you can just buy them at the end of the year - for a dollar.