Li­brar­ian skills vi­tal to a child’s ed­u­ca­tion

The Oban Times - - News -

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

teacher.

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