Posted tagged ‘Jane Yolen’

Do you take Attendance?

May 30, 2011

From Jane Yolen:
FYI: I wrote this yesterday, posted it on my FaceBook page with permission to send it everywhere:

A letter to the administrator in charge of firing LAUSD school librarians who had the Board of Ed’s lawyers take the librarians into the school basement and asked them to prove they were teachers with such questions as “Do you take attendance?”

Dear Mr. Deasy:

As the author of 300 published books (yes, that is not a typo!), many of them winners of the highest awards given for children’s and adult books, I have to commend you for closing libraries. You are turning out the lights in children’s minds.
It will make them much easier to recruit as cannon fodder, much easier to move them on conveyor belts, much easier to treat them as cattle.
Of all the people who work in a school, teachers and librarians are the heart and soul of the place.  Not administrators.  My late husband was a professor and later on an administrator. You should have heard what he had to say about top-heavy administrations.  I suggest you take the administrators (yourself included) and ask them the same questions the lawyers are asking the librarians in the basement:  Do YOU take attendance?  Do YOU teach in the classroom?  Perhaps you should fire the administrators first.  And the overpriced lawyers.  And when you do, you will no doubt find you have the money to keep the librarians.
And the library. The ones who turn on lights in children’s minds and guard the flame in their hearts. With or without taking attendance.
Yours very truly and to tell the truth angrily as well,
Jane Yolen

Thank you Mrs. Yolen.  Those of us in the libraries salute you. 
The first item on my agenda for Tuesday will be to make a bulletin board display with covers of your books along with your letter. 
Mrs. Hot Library Tech