Monday, May 16, 2011
This week’s musing asks…
The local Catholic school board is closing its school libraries, and parents and teachers –and even the students– are in an uproar. Budget cuts demanded that the board choose something to get rid of… they choose libraries. As such, many librarians have lost their jobs. And, the board is moving the books to the classrooms, instead. They feel that it is a good solution.
What do you think? Should the schools be without an actual “library” room? Is this a good solution?
I think the whole thing is preposterous. Cutting a library in a school is never a good idea, but I get very nervous when it happens in a religious school. It is no secret that the Catholics (among many religions) have always liked the idea of book banning, and have done it quite often in the past, so this seems like just another step in that direction. I'm sure there are other things they could cut from the budget without having to touch the library. As someone who actually went to Catholic school for six years, and who found those years the worst experiences I've had, I have little sympathy for their choices.
It is shameful.