“School Is No Place for Books.”

Source: The New York Post, April 29

…This is what one principal in Manhattan apparently believes. In a scene out of “Fahrenheit 451,” administrators at Life Sciences Secondary School have ordered all textbooks rounded up and removed – calling them “antiquated,” sources say.

Principal Kim Swanson and Assistant Principal Derek Premo, who launched the ban, “really frown upon the use of books,” an insider told The Post. “They just took books that teachers have been using and not replaced anything.”

While the administrators tout “modern technology” over books, they have failed to provide the necessary equipment, the staffer said. “Most classrooms have only two computers, and not all are hooked up to the Internet. Our hands are tied, and not having books has not helped the cause.”

Last week, a mountain of dumped books overflowed on the first floor, near an emergency exit. Other piles lined a lobby wall. The purged primers, most in good condition, include hundreds of textbooks on 8th-grade math, algebra, geometry, various sciences and English literature, along with Barron’s Regents Exam Prep and SAT study guides. Copies of Romeo and Juliet and A Streetcar Named Desire gathered dust among the other discards.

The rejects include stacks of Campbell Biology – a college-level text which sells for $150 new – formerly used by kids in Advanced Placement biology. Now the AP class has a cart of laptops, and students watch videos online….


5 responses to ““School Is No Place for Books.”

  1. Horace Krever

    There must be more to this story. There must be somed oversight mechanism involving a department of education and not simply decision making by an individual school.

  2. Elisabeth Ecker

    Nothing surprises me anymore, but the books can be send to Africa. They are highly treasured there. I remember in one village where the few books they had were considered so valuable that they were locked up, which of course defeated their purpose.

  3. This is satire, right?

  4. Horace Krever

    Or, possibly, in this day and age, “fake news”?

  5. mike holliday

    Zealots. A shorter word for terrorists. Why do school authorities allow wreckers like this to blight the futures of the students they control? It might just have been acceptable had the alternatives (computers) been available, but zealots don’t worry about trifles like that. It’s time for the parents to demand these two zealots are removed.