Post # 1
Our sixth grade teachers are supposed to teach Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief as their next novel, as part of a unit on myths and legends. Unfortunately, the school has refused to fill their purchase order for the books! I don’t understand how a school claims to want their students to succeed but then refuses them the supplies they need. The school’s CEO is who makes all the purchase decisions, and I think she wants everyone to have eReaders intsead of real books. Oh btw it’s a charter school.
I AM SO FRUSTRATED. I wish I had a million dollars. No, a billion. I would build schools all over the place, and make them free for kids, and wouldn’t require state testing. I would make sure every school had a library, and that classes weren’t bigger than 18 students.
Post # 3
So frustrating! My daughter’s school recently refused to order novels for her grade’s reading program this year, so now each teacher in the grade is having to read aloud the entirety of every novel and do all the work in class, rather than allowing children to read some things on their own time. I know my daughter’s teacher is really unhappy as she was hoping to get through several novels this year and now doesn’t think she’ll have the time.
I’m such a firm believer that kids need to be surrounded by books. Sometimes it’s really frustrating as a parent to see other kids not have the same access to what my daughter has in that regard, and I can imagine in a school setting as a teacher it must be equally frustrating to know what kids need and to know they aren’t getting it.
Post # 4
@kittyface: I am begging my friends to help, as I do each year. It gets old. =(
Post # 5
That is so ridiculous, sometimes I feel that these schools are more interested in “keeping up with the Joneses” than what is best for students! My high school (public school BTW) is trying to do the same thing with e-readers/laptops and it is just so much money! On half.com, you can buy 100 used copies of that Percy Jackson book for, the price of one e- reader!
Post # 6
Yikes that sucks : (
I agree with building schools, filling libraries and limiting class sizes. The state of our schools is sad.
I can tell you are a teacher that cares. Thanks for doing what must at times feel like a thankless job!
Post # 7
@peachacid: Yeah, her teacher had tossed around the idea of getting parents to contribute a bit to see if the school would take on the rest, but we have a fairly low-income school community so it’s just not something that’s possible. I know last year several teachers bought the books for their class themselves, which is semi-manageable as most classes in her school have between 15 and 18 kids per class, but it’s still a huge burden for a teacher to take on, and one I don’t think they should be responsible for. It breaks my heart watching teachers scramble to their best with what resources they’ve been doled out. We donate all our daughter’s old books to her school to try and boost what’s available in the class but it’s still just not enough to get these kids reading.
Post # 8
Have you tried using donorschoose.org? When I was teaching, I got a few orders filled by complete strangers! It also made it easy for friends to donate as well. I got a ton of books as well as some other stuff that way. Just a thought! (my school was charter as well-I do believe it has to be public, but public charter is fine. If your school isn’t already signed up, I think there is some sort of verification process, but it was easy.)