Monday, October 25, 2010
Who is against library volunteers? Teachers unions in Raynham and Bridgewater. - - Budget Blues - Boston.com
Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District laid off all school librarians, not an unanticipated issue for those of us whose jobs are under considerable elimination scrutiny. Now, the Massachusetts school district is facing grievances over volunteers staffing the school libraries, and a protracted ideological fight. On the outside, it seems like a logical solution to continue library services in the face of a woeful economy, poor political choices, and budget cuts. But the anti-union perspective of these articles -- Boston Herald and Boston.com -- fails to account for an environment allowing volunteers to replace educated and licensed library professionals. Would the parents of Raynham and Bridgewater allow their children to be taught math or science by volunteers? Would they take their children to a volunteer pediatrician?