Outdated books

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Registered: 12-16-2001
Outdated books
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Sat, 04-21-2012 - 1:26pm

My school district spares no expense for the alternative high school.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
In reply to: ketue
Sat, 04-21-2012 - 7:15pm

How sad. I think I would let the school board know. Maybe nothing would come of it, but possibly some board member would be interested enough to look into the textbook situation. And hopefully there is a Business Practices class that teaches spreadsheets and the basics of other computer programs common in today's offices. Kudos for your niece that she is working so hard to get through HS despite the outdated teaching materials.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
In reply to: ketue
Sat, 04-21-2012 - 7:27pm

I agree that this is outdated, but not that it is a problem. Math is the same from generation to generation, at least at the lower levels. And in this economy, I'd far rather my tax dollars go to pay for things that really need changing than to the rip-off textbook industry to buy the 2012 version of whatever textbook they're using. I am absolutely stunned by the high prices I had to pay to rent some of my kids' textbooks this year, and they are in a private school that is very cost-conscious.

I imagine your niece and her friends get a good laugh at some of the scenarios in her textbook. My daughter is using a French textbook from the early 90s, and it is a great source of entertainment to her and her classmates...lots of silly Facebook posts about the characters in it. It's sort of history lesson for a time when history moves very quickly, as well as a language textbook.

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Registered: 12-03-1999
In reply to: ketue
Sat, 04-21-2012 - 11:06pm

This is a basic math class, slapped with a "business" label, to try to entice students to learn.

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Registered: 12-16-2001
In reply to: ketue
Mon, 04-23-2012 - 6:41am

I understand why they're using it...

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Registered: 05-13-1998
In reply to: ketue
Mon, 04-23-2012 - 9:48am

One of my frustration is that our local schools change curriculum too often. Seems they get new books every couple years as well as a new system. Find something that works and stick with it! Seems a waste of money to buy new math books all the time when really, little of the fundementals change. Why do they get new literature books all the time? Science, maybe social studies... I can see.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
In reply to: ketue
Mon, 04-23-2012 - 11:53am
I think its wonderful that she is getting hte support she needs from your family and is doing so well. That is what the alternative h/s's are for, in addition to the other student populations that need it. I think its a shame that people disregard what good those programs can do for students. Keep encouraging her to engage herself and speak up for the education she was given, good for her!
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Registered: 10-16-1999
In reply to: ketue
Mon, 04-23-2012 - 6:03pm
OK, so this is a basic math class with a fancy name slapped on it, intended for "losers and flunkies" who aren't likely to make much of themselves anyway, so 20 yr old text books should be good enough for them.. even if the regular kids get new texts every couple of years, right? That's pretty much the message I am getting from some of the posts here. Generally, kids in the alternative schools are not only labeled losers and flunkies by the rest of the community, but they often see themselves in the same light.... great recipe for failure IMO! Invest a little in these kids now, and maybe, just maybe you won't end up supporting them through the welfare roles for the rest of their lives.

To the OP.... good for your niece! You have every right to be proud of her. With that level of determination she could go far.
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Registered: 12-03-1999
In reply to: ketue
Mon, 04-23-2012 - 6:48pm

I don't think I implied 20yo texts were "good enough" for the alternative hs, only that the alternative hs was at the bottom of the funding barrel.

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Registered: 10-16-1999
In reply to: ketue
Mon, 04-23-2012 - 7:05pm
I realize there isn't a lot of money to go around and that is the base problem. However, (and please remember that I am a musician at heart and have a degree in music when I say this) I think that districts need to look at what is going to produce successful adults after graduation. Getting a high school diploma, be it in the alternative school, the LD program or with the support of the ESL program is going to have a whole lot more effect on a student's ability to earn a living ten years after graduation than singing in the chorus, playing in the band or being on the soccer team will, so maybe that's where the money needs to go. Put the money into those academic support programs now, or support those kids via the welfare roles for who knows how long in the future. Music, art and PE are wonderful to have. So is steak and lobster. However, when grocery money is tight, very few families live on steak and lobster.
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Registered: 07-26-1999
In reply to: ketue
Mon, 04-23-2012 - 8:11pm
You are right bunnierose (btw, my autocorrect hates the username, it took me 6 times of typing it before it finally stopped correctling it, LOL!). Unfortunately education in this country, like everything else, has gotten too political and in the middle of political issues, finding to schools gets slashed, as it did here in Texas also because politicals sem to think that they should appeased their constituents by slashing government spending, even if that means underfunding education and then listening to people comp,ain about it later on. Too many people complain about taxes and government spending but then turn around and complain when education spending gets slashed. You can't have it both ways unfortunately.
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