Faculty is not any place for books, one Manhattan principal apparently believes.
In a scene out of “Fahrenheit 451,” directors at Life Sciences Secondary Faculty have ordered all textbooks rounded up and eliminated — calling them “antiquated,” sources say.
Principal Kim Swanson and Assistant Principal Derek Premo, who launched the ban, “actually frown upon using books,” an insider advised The Publish.
“They only took books that academics have been utilizing and never changed something.”
Whereas the directors tout “trendy know-how” over books, they’ve failed to offer the required gear, the staffer stated.
“Most lecture rooms have solely two computer systems, and never all are hooked as much as the Web. Our palms are tied, and never having books has not helped the trigger.”
Final week, a mountain of dumped books overflowed on the primary flooring, close to an emergency exit. Different piles lined a foyer wall.
The purged primers, most in good situation, embrace a whole lot of textbooks on Eighth-grade math, algebra, geometry, numerous sciences and English literature, together with Barron’s Regents Examination Prep and SAT research guides. Copies of “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Streetcar Named Want” gathered mud among the many different discards.
The rejects embrace stacks of “Campbell Biology” — a college-level textual content which sells for $150 new — previously utilized by youngsters in Superior Placement biology. Now the AP class has a cart of laptops, and college students watch movies on-line.
Swanson and Premo, who took the helm of the 616-student joint center and highschool in 2015, despatched aides from classroom to classroom in November to gather the books. Staff additionally emptied guide storage closets. A whole lot of tomes have been tossed over the Thanksgiving break.
“They made an announcement that they have been eliminating the books as a result of they have been antiquated and outdated, and we must be utilizing new know-how,” a instructor stated. “I hid a few of my books to stop them being taken.”
“We’re not allowed to make use of books,” stated a second staffer, who suggested struggling college students to “go downstairs, seize a ebook from the pile, and take them residence — as a result of they’re simply going to throw them out.”
“We used to make use of them rather a lot, however now academics simply put out worksheets,” stated freshman Shahadat Hossain. “We don’t actually get a lot homework, it’s principally classwork.”
And a 10th- grader stated: “We don’t use any textbooks. They provide us packets. I noticed the piles of books round and thought it was bizarre.”
Freshman Meresha Henry, 15, prefers “extra trendy” studying on the Web. “The varsity system is advancing,” she stated.
However 14-year-old Anthony Galindo is dissatisfied that books are thought-about out of date.
“It’s actually unusual. Final yr we didn’t have sufficient textbooks so we needed to share. Now we don’t have any in any respect,” he stated, including: “I favored with the ability to take them house to review . . . In my authorities class, my instructor provides hand-written assignments.”
The dearth of books has not helped Life Sciences’ educational efficiency. Final yr, 5 % of its Sixth- to Eighth-graders handed state math exams and 9 % handed English — far under the town common. On the high-school degree, 82 % graduated, however solely 26 % have been deemed college-ready.
Principal Swanson didn’t return messages. Division of Schooling spokesman Michael Aciman stated the chucked volumes have been “outdated and not aligned to the varsity’s present curriculum or New York State Studying Requirements,” including that college students “have entry to present, up to date” books.
A faculty staffer referred to as the DOE’s assertion “a blatant lie.”