Sometimes I wish I never had access to the web. In my mailbox this week was an article by Dr. Dianne Oberg (University of Alberta) that despite evidence that well-stocked, well-staffed and well-used libraries produced results on both those questionable standarised tests, but also on all other student outcome measures, we're not funding libraries.
Or not we. Education policymakers and funding allocators feel a need to cut in these economic times. Where is it expedient to do so? Music programs. Arts. Libraries. Safe butchering.
As we desperately try to learn from our US and Canadian partners on how to create thriving library-learning centres at our schools, I'm starting to wonder.... Will we have libraries of excellence to learn from in a few years?
Here's Dianne's article: