Well as September approaches, I find myself perusing both my children's book lists and am utterly amazed at the number of books which are now "redundant" 4 years after my older child has used them.
Regardless of subject, virtually every book used by my older child to become literate etc, is no longer in use in the school they attend.
Whilst i'm glad that the TUI seem to have taken some kind of role in discussing this - RTE Radio this morning - the level of silence on this issue from both the National Parents Council (NPC) and NPC-Post Primary leave me wondering about their business or political affiliations of both these bodies. It's not possible as a parent to register on either site - so which parents do they represent??
Given the state of our economy, it is surely incumbent on the Dept of Education to
1. creates a moratorioum on the issuing of "revised/updated/new Version" of the same book for the next two years, given the economic situation.
2. Establish a syllabus which doesn't change over say, a 5 or even 6 year period. It's not perffect, but it will reduce the annual spend on books.
3. Establish a "book-share" scheme in primary and post-primary schools which would allow the school to retain ownership of books whilst parents "rent" the books for the year, with responsiblity for keeping them in good condition, and replacement costs should the book be damaged/become unusable.
WHO is getting paid to continually change these books???
1. The Book Companies?
2. Inspectors at the Dept of Education who "revise/Update" the Syllabus ?
3. School Headmasters?
4. School TEachers both primary and Post-Primary?
5. Boards of Management?
Can anyone advise HOW books are chosen either by a school or by a teacher in relation to each year? Do book companies visit schools with books and suggest/offer them to schools?
Are "inducements" given to teachers/schools for choosing particular books (similar to inducements given to doctors for prescribing certain types of drug to patients) ahead of existing books?
IIRC, maths, english, Irish, languages, haven't changed in recent centuries- but the books used to teach have changed annually....
I'm about 400.00 worse off, for my younger child to attend the same school and study the same subjects, 4 years later....