What a Good Idea, Converting Libraries into Disciplinary Centers
Texan authorities always knew that quality education for the poorer classes was never a problem with teaching. It was discipline that was lacking. “Spare the rod and spoil the child” was a concept born in Texas, as long as it was not the children of billionaires and their super-rich tax avoiders. Those kids actually went to schools that had libraries, sports facilities, student orchestras, theater groups and swimming pools.
But Texas has a better idea
Interestingly, but not a total surprise, this year most students in the Houston Independent School District — the largest district in Texas — may be heading to schools with no libraries or librarians.
In August, the state announced plans to convert libraries into disciplinary centers, eliminating librarian positions at 28 elementary and middle schools. Another 57 schools are being assessed for the same outcome, with the goal of addressing low academic performance in certain schools. It’s no surprise that all the affected schools serve low-…