The Case of The Missing Librarian

The Case of The Missing Librarian

Figure 1: My kindergartner, back 2007, when her school had a librarian. 

My daughter attends 4th grade in Independent School District #13 at a school called Highland Elementary.

Highland Elementary, like the other two elementary schools in this district, no longer has a school librarian.

Ooops, I mean MEDIA SPECIALIST. Whatever.

Pretty soon, there won’t be paper books, either, as the district’s nebulous plan is to somehow give all the kids iPads and then they will magically know how to read and find everything they might need to learn about ever, without help, except there are Technology Teachers now, I guess, who ‘integrate technology’ and also some lady from Scholastic, who will somehow ‘assist’ in purchasing decisions for books – hmm, I wonder from what publisher she will purchase e-books? – which will make all our students 21st Century Citizens, you see, hallelujah, world without end.

I emailed the superintendent about this last week. Waiting on her sure-to-be-scintillating reply.


  • Meagan Mac on May 08, 2013 Reply

    I agree with Kelly. A letter to the editor is in order. And a solid showing at the next school board meeting. Like that scene from Footloose where Ren reads the Bible to the town council…

  • Ela Harrison Gordon on May 06, 2013 Reply

    That is so awful. And of course you’re thinking beyond Matilda to her children and what a disaster…
    Phil was a school librarian and I know several others retired in their 60s. Sounds like they made a huge difference in many kids’ lives. Sometimes beyond just the booky stuff.
    Darn it!

  • Kelly Barnhill on May 06, 2013 Reply

    Have you written a letter to the editor yet? You should. Also, find some parents to agree to show up at the next school board meeting en masse. There is always a public comment time at the end – and if you’re all talking about the same thing, and using your HEADS WILL ROLL voices, it does make a difference.

  • Matthew MacNish on May 06, 2013 Reply

    And lo, this is still total BS.

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