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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-04-10 12:26 PM
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1. This is an abomination!
I've worked in libraries for some 20 years, I've seen what happens to students who don't learn library skills at an early age.

I've seen kids, and adults for that matter, who don't know how to use a dictionary. Or how to look up an article in the encyclopedia. Or use a computers. Hell, I've even encountered patrons who can't use the local phone book!

And many of these kids come from "magnet" or "charter" schools who have closed their libraries to save money, and instead have something called "book collections" :shrug:

But the bottom line is "information fluency and literacy." If kids, and the adults they grow up to be, can't find information, they are doomed ot a life of requiring someone else to do it for them.

We are doing them no favors by enabling their shortcomings.

I occasionally teach database searching to KC students. As I began each demonstration of how to find information, I say, "The key to happiness is self-reliance. If you can't find the information you need, you'll be dependent on someone else to do it for you...all of your life."
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  -Day 16 of sit-in for school library. School official says 160 Chicago schools have no library. madfloridian  Oct-04-10 12:13 PM   #0 
  - This is an abomination!  KansDem   Oct-04-10 12:26 PM   #1 
  - I began teaching my students library skills in 2nd grade.  madfloridian   Oct-04-10 04:59 PM   #9 
  - Everyone knows it's the teachers' fault.  Starry Messenger   Oct-04-10 12:29 PM   #2 
  - Never lose your sig picture. I love it.  madfloridian   Oct-04-10 01:48 PM   #4 
     - Thank you!  Starry Messenger   Oct-04-10 02:45 PM   #7 
  - I guess the rich need another tax cut. That'll fix this. Cuz, we all know that'll increase revenue.  Billy Burnett   Oct-04-10 12:40 PM   #3 
  - K&R  leftstreet   Oct-04-10 01:50 PM   #5 
  - I'm sure all of those charter schools have libraries.  Dappleganger   Oct-04-10 01:53 PM   #6 
  - K&R  ceile   Oct-04-10 02:47 PM   #8 
  - Heckuvajob, Arne!  KamaAina   Oct-04-10 06:28 PM   #10 
  - Reading and learning can be a joy!!  Angry Dragon   Oct-04-10 06:34 PM   #11 
  - The city just had Peoples Gas turn off the gas to the library.  madfloridian   Oct-04-10 07:22 PM   #12 
  - The comments at the article are disturbing.  strategery blunder   Oct-04-10 08:40 PM   #14 
  - I found some of the comments disturbing for sure.  madfloridian   Oct-04-10 10:07 PM   #19 
  - Wow. Just wow.  Starry Messenger   Oct-04-10 09:05 PM   #15 
  - pilsen is one of the oldest neighborhoods in chicago  madrchsod   Oct-04-10 08:13 PM   #13 
  - Someone with a stake in it will do the best job  nightgaunt   Oct-04-10 09:44 PM   #17 
  - I have....  unkachuck   Oct-04-10 09:27 PM   #16 
  - 160 Chicago schools have no library, sounds like a 3rd world scenario.  Jefferson23   Oct-04-10 09:53 PM   #18 
  - Seems they want that field for a soccer field to be used by a private school  madfloridian   Oct-05-10 10:04 AM   #20 
  - Seems that school is actually a parochial school  KamaAina   Oct-05-10 12:47 PM   #22 
     - I wondered the same thing.  madfloridian   Oct-05-10 01:00 PM   #23 
  - we are reaching...  awoke_in_2003   Oct-05-10 11:39 AM   #21 
 

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