And we also found ourselves having trouble with the Cooperstown Central School website. In some ways this did not surprise us as we have always seemed to have trouble with the CCS website. But this time we could find neither the agenda for the Aug. 21 school board meeting or the minutes from the school board meeting of July 10. Once again, however, a telephone call helped us find both the agenda and the minutes in question. Unfortunately, we have been wondering if that was good or bad.
While looking through the agenda we perused the textbook requests of which there were a number. And while we knew that the cost of textbooks has gone up of late, it gave us pause when we figured out that the cost for the 365 textbooks was upwards of $28,000 dollars. We also found ourselves puzzling over the explanation given regarding the need to purchase a certain textbook. It read: “This will complete K-6 NYS Common Core alignment in ELA with Pearson and allow for consistency and scaffolding skills.” We would tend to put “scaffolding skills” right up there with “number sentence,” “point of origin” and “sequence of transformations. We are clueless.
And we only wish we were equally clueless about the fact that it seems, given the textbook requests, that students at CCS in the seventh and eighth grades are once again, or perhaps still, being divided by ability into sections 7-1, 7-2 and 7-3 as well as 8-1, 8-2 and 8-3. This concept chilled us to the bone over 25 years ago when we had to decide whether the kid was a 7-1, 7-2 or 7-3. And even though we have no one in the school, it still chills us to the bone today.
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