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Wednesday, 23 January 2008

I was just volunteering at Adventure Boy's school today, scanning in and re-shelving text-books that had been issued to students for the semester.  I finished early, and the lady I was helping out gave me some "new" (as in recently purchased) books.

I had to put an inventory number on them, stamp and date them, and then shelve them.

Guess what I found out?

Our richie-rich school district buys USED textbooks.

Now, I'm OK with that, as the books were nice and seemed just as good as new.

But it's just one more thing that irritates me when people talk about how our schools are "wasteful".              

Wednesday, 23 January 2008 12:00:29 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [5] | #
Thursday, 24 January 2008 07:28:04 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
It's kinda sad that the "new" books are already old. That means that whatever new information is in them is already no longer state of the art. Granted, for some subjects, it doesn't matter. But, if they didn't want to get updates, why replace the old books at all?
Thursday, 24 January 2008 07:28:12 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
We just got notice that our district needs to cut $16.3 million from its budget for next year. You read that right. Several elementary school closings in Maple Grove and Osseo, lots of layoffs, larger class sizes, restricted transportation. It's bad. Very, very bad. I dread the next few years for Kate.
Kristi
Thursday, 24 January 2008 07:49:40 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Karen,

Since they are Algebra 1 books, I'm not worried about them being outdated. The feild of Algebra has not changed that much, and "innovations" in teaching math just seem to make things worse...so...

Also, they are not replacing the books, only getting more books because they did not have enough (the number of students in a school fluctuates from year to year.

Kristi,

I know what you mean. Our schools are only getting more money now because they were starved for so long, but it's going to be a while before we recover from the short-fall, and the anti-tax forces never stop working. They'll spend more money to defeat or roll back tax increases as they would have over the life of the levy if they just let it pass.

Then they'll wonder why their property values are dropping, and naturally, blame the black family in the neighborhood.

Crazy.
Teresa
Thursday, 24 January 2008 10:39:22 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
>the anti-tax forces never stop working

But those TWINS needed us to help pay for their new STADIUM!

WINNERS: Guys who make an embarrasing amount of cash by running and hitting a ball with a stick.

LOSERS: Kids who are the future of our country, who's educational system is already leaving them in the dust behind other Western nations.

An uneducated, high-debt, entertained-by-bread-and-circuses workforce is a quiet, docile workforce.

GRRR... don't get me started. I don't have time for a blog entry today.

Kristi
Thursday, 24 January 2008 13:25:24 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Kristi,

Oh, I'm WITH you there.

Pawlenty vetos a bridge/raod maintenance package so we can get our precious "tax rebate"...but my GOD! WE WILL HAVE BASEBALL!!

snore.

Wanna watch an exceiting baseball game? Pick a little-league team and follow their progress through the seasons. Or your college team, or your High School team.

Or maybe it's the proffessional aspects you are after...in which case, you can go to your local over-priced gym and watch people swell up to inhuman bulks on steriods and maybe get a little excercise yourself.

The world would be a long ways closer to right if our kids didn't have packing tape holding their textbooks together, and the Twins were ordering used bats off of E-bay.
Teresa
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