Improving and expanding school libraries
- Please consider other needed reforms beyond the laptop vs. reduced class size debate, one in particular, improving and expanding school libraries. In that regard, consider the following:From Stephen Krashen (TC Record, Aug. 2005)"Improve library quality. Many studies confirm that greater access to books results in more reading for pleasure, and more pleasure reading results in more literacy development as well as more knowledge (Krashen, 2004). Studies also confirm that children of poverty have very little access to books at home, in their neighborhoods (inferior public libraries), and, sadly, at school (inferior school and classroom libraries) (Smith, Constantino and Krashen, 1996; Di Loreto and Tse, 1999; Neuman and Celano, 2001). Increasing the supply of books and providing time to read can have a dramatic impact on literacy development. It is one aspect of poverty that we can deal with promptly and easily.
Di Loreto, C., and L. Tse, L. 1999. Seeing is believing: Disparity in books in two Los Angeles area public libraries. School Library Quarterly 17(3): 31-36.Krashen, S. 2004. The Power of Reading. Heinemann Publishing CompanyNeuman, S., and D. Celano. 2001. Access to print in low-income and middle-income communities. Reading Research Quarterly 36(1): 8-26.Smith, C., R. Constantino, and S. Krashen, S. 1996. Differences in print environment for children in Beverly Hills, Compton and Watts. Emergency Librarian 24(4): 4-5."