Saturday, March 13, 2010
Dear President Obama, I was thrilled to hear that you are proposing an education overhaul that will enable our schools to prepare our children for college or the work place and that will give them the 21st century skills needed in a 21st century world. The way that will achieve this goal effectively, efficiently, and economically, would be to require every school to have a qualified librarian. Certified librarians (those with masters in librarianship, library media endorsements on teaching degrees, etc.) are well equipped to teach students how to ask messy real world questions, find information (both in print and digitally), interpret and use that information, and create new knowledge with what they have discovered. Please make sure adequately staffed and funded libraries are in your education plan. They can make all the difference to a child or teen.