Teaching materials like textbooks or work sheets can be opened up to free redistribution and the option to change it for everyone. What are the arguments for doing this, with respect to how it can benefit the quality of education? Are there examples or is there evidence of it having the effect?

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    @CloseVoters Please tell us you're reasoning for close votes.
    – Zizouz212
    Jun 26 '15 at 15:52
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    – ArtOfCode
    Jun 26 '15 at 15:55
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    Right, I voted to close because I think answers to this question would be based entirely on opinions or anecdotes (beyond the generality that allowing people to modify stuff is better...). Jun 26 '15 at 16:06
  • This question might be more likely to be reopened if edited to specifically ask for evidence, rather than opinions. Although it would be much the same question, it would attract more definitive answers.
    – trichoplax
    Jun 27 '15 at 14:03

Sure it can but...

It would not necessarily be better than regular materials. School boards often spend money getting customized programs / information. This may not always happen if all the information is open sourced.

Some examples of this:

The catholic school board in Toronto has used companies to get custom software for its students:



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