All school libraries are being closed by the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board. What a novel way to promote reading < sarcasm >. What a novel way to improve literary <more sarcasm>. The EQAO scores are going to soar <still more sarcasm>.
A school in Sudbury which no longer has a library takes its students to the public library twice a month. Bravo! <sarcasm>
Cathy Geml, an associate director of the Windsor Catholic School Board, argues that the act of walking to the school library, choosing books to read and returning to class wastes instructional time. No, I’m not kidding. Geml actually said that. The provinces literacy and numeracy secretariat maintains every elementary classroom should have 1000-1500 books. Geml argues that is impossible, but with the libraries closed one school has 200 – 250 books per classroom. Teachers can help students choose books. Helping students choose books isn’t going to cut into instructional time. Keeping track of who had what book isn’t going to cut into instructional time?
Geml also says that after making a few calls to school libraries, she discovered that at one school a single book had been signed out. One book indeed <sarcasm>. Geml argues we need to be teaching 21st century learning skills, and the library space will be used for music, arts or drama. But, music, arts and drama programs are being cut too, so they don’t need space.
Small wonder the Ontario School Library Association called an emergency meeting.
Are kids going to be able to read books on their banned cell phones now?
You can read more about this in today’s front page of the Toronto Star or here and weep about the logic.
Is this happening where you are?
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