Librarian skills vital to a child’s education
Sir, It sounds tedious, but it’s surprisingly easy. And it might just make a huge difference.
Why not add your voice to Argyll and Bute Council’s public consultation on options for budget cuts? The deadline for this is December 31.
I am going all the way to category four: stop to save. This is where you’ll find the option to stop employing librarians in secondary schools.
Sounds relatively painless, except for those unfortunate employees. After all, anyone can shush kids and organise books? No, no and no again. This option would damage the education of every single youngster in Argyll and Bute secondary schools. Secondary school librarians provide support for independent learning in all areas of the curriculum.
They help young people learn how to learn: skills those youngsters will need to be successful in any future job, career or education.
They provide access to computers for the many who do not have access to the internet at home and they are there to help them learn how to use them for learning.
Librarians make sure all young people have a safe place to read, to daydream, to think creatively, to be challenged. They put the right book in the right child’s hands at the right time.
A cut to qualified school librarians is a cut to all young people’s opportunities. Please click the ‘strongly disagree’ box on the on-line consultation.
Please talk to your local councillors about this short-sighted proposal. Please make sure Argyll and Bute Council knows this option is not an option for our communities.
Jenny Des Fountain, former Tobermory High School head