GOP Governor Candidate Bill Schuette proposes "dedicated reading centers" to solve illiteracy crisis in Michigan 5 replies

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#1 6 months ago

Mr. Schuette is, apparently, unfamiliar with the concept of the “library” and the staff position of “librarian”.


Schuette’s plan calls for appointing a state literacy director in his cabinet and place reading coaches in the state’s elementary schools.

Other parts of the plan include establishing dedicated reading centers in schools, creating funding incentives for schools that raise students’ reading levels, forming public-private partnerships to help with funding and provide reading mentors, and establishing reading scholarships and summer reading camps.


Source: http://www.eclectablog.com/2018/03/apparently-unfamiliar-with-libraries-gop-gov-candidate-bill-schuette-proposes-radical-idea-of-dedicated-reading-centers-to-solve-illiteracy-crisis-in-michigan.html


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#2 6 months ago

I wonder what material these "reading centres" would carry. I wouldn't be surprised to learn it's GOP propaganda. 




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#3 6 months ago

I would imagine objects called "books" would be among the inventory found at such a location. 


I'm sure their next goal is to create buildings with historical objects and information pertaining to each one. After that, we may want to invest in buildings that talk about space and what we can find out there. 


Although, I'm sure with these plebs, they would try and say how the Earth is a 6000 year old disc that everything in the universe revolves around. 


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#4 6 months ago

I may be seeing things but I detect a specific political bias in both this thread and the linked site...







That said, it's people like this that just make me face palm and are one of the reasons I get sick of the labels we attach to things. Generally I lean more to the Republican side of things but it's things like this that give us all a bad name.


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Well, if libraries in the US are similar to libraries here they won't help people who cannot read a whole lot. Libraries are great for people who like to read. Your typical librarian can recommend books and come up with great plans on how to index them, but teaching people to read is not their job. Unless you are talking about school libraries, those might help as the kids are more exposed to them.


Could be that the schools are underfunded, or it may be a problem with the way they are doing the tests. I know the US is big on standardized tests for all sorts of things, but there are a lot of factors that could explain a sudden drop in scores.





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#6 6 months ago
Posted by RadioActiveLobster

I may be seeing things but I detect a specific political bias in both this thread and the linked site...







That said, it's people like this that just make me face palm and are one of the reasons I get sick of the labels we attach to things. Generally I lean more to the Republican side of things but it's things like this that give us all a bad name.

Agreed, I do think it's possible there's good intention behind this, political posturing not-withstanding, whether some people agree or not a GOP politician doing a good thing is still someone doing a good thing the label is unnecessary. 

Posted by MrFancypants

Well, if libraries in the US are similar to libraries here they won't help people who cannot read a whole lot. Libraries are great for people who like to read. Your typical librarian can recommend books and come up with great plans on how to index them, but teaching people to read is not their job. Unless you are talking about school libraries, those might help as the kids are more exposed to them.


Could be that the schools are underfunded, or it may be a problem with the way they are doing the tests. I know the US is big on standardized tests for all sorts of things, but there are a lot of factors that could explain a sudden drop in scores.


Exactly, in my experience librarians mostly stock, organize and help locate reading materials they're not teachers, learning centers and the like do already exist in some capacity in plenty of cities so one dedicated entirely to reading isn't too out of the ordinary. I also agree that the need for it is an indication of a larger problem such as underfunded schools, mismanagement etc.