Thursday, September 3, 2009
The School Library Journal reports that a California school district, which had previously furloughed its certified media specialists, has now closed all 28 of its K-12 school libraries. Students will only be allowed to visit their building's library with classroom teachers, and may no longer check out books.
In a brilliant solution to recreational and informational resource requirements, "Superintendent Godwin has suggested that students use the Internet, the public library, or resources at home to complete their classroom and research assignments."
No mention is made of just who will be responsible for instructing children and teens in efficient, effective, appropriate, safe usage of such "resources."
In its Vision Statement, Fulsom Cordova Unified School notes that "Business and community partnerships greatly enhance students’ learning experiences and educational opportunities. Partnerships offer students opportunities to apply their learning to real-world situations."
Perhaps students should visit the local YMCA for sports and fitness? Or hang out in the newsroom to learn the basics of English and composition? And there's always cash registers in the mall to demonstrate math skills, right?
Maybe outsourcing skills instruction is part of some grand plan. Maybe.
"What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it thinks about education." --Harold Howe, former U.S. Commissioner of Education
"girl with book" by Tom (mmm a rosa tint)