Wednesday, September 15, 2010

School library 'lost opportunity'

Baroness Morris says libraries could play a more integrated part in school life
"Schools (sic) libraries are too often a "wasted resource" which should be brought into the mainstream of teaching, says a report. The report from the School Library Commission says their importance has been neglected."
Notable quotes:
 The report "says that there is a clear link between successful schools, high-achieving pupils and well-run libraries, with eight out of 10 good readers using school libraries."
"The value of school libraries, as a way of opening the minds of the young, was emphasised by the former poet laureate, Sir Andrew Motion.
'School libraries form an absolutely vital part of every child's education, and it is essential that they are protected, expanded, diversified, and enriched... They are nothing less than the rooms young people enter in order to discover the world,' said Sir Andrew, who is now chair of the Museums Libraries and Archives Council."

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