One of our regular contributors has shared an interesting video from a curriculum night meeting at Tucker High School. She asked questions regarding the new “Pilot Textbook Program” being implemented by DeKalb County school administrators.
Watch the video here:
Below is a transcript of part of this incredibly frustrating exchange, highlighting why parents get so exasperated when dealing with administrators.
Sarah: I’d like to know more about this Pilot Textbook Program
Answer: Uh, the Pilot Test, Test, Textbook Program is basically designed to ensure that students don’t have a lot of movement in the building.. the question is, was, how does the new pilot for the textbook, what’s the purpose of it, why we are rolling this (?) out. Pretty much it’s to ensure that there’s less movement in the hallway, uh obviously in order to get this textbook, that textbook, the student would have to constantly go to their locker. So it’s to cut back on that also the stress of having all of the extra books, um that students would have to carry around and we’re living in a technology society so it’s getting students used to using technology to access their books with a textbook online.
Sarah: So are there access codes or online copies of these texts that we can use at home?
Sarah: Well, I don’t know if anyone else is having trouble but..
Answer: Are you having trouble logging on? Dr. A…
Sarah: No, not logging on, we have not been given any code. None are available for us.
Answer: Ok. (Asks the other woman if she knows anything – Sarah asks the question again. Says she asked 6 teachers, and got 6 different responses. None mentioned the pilot textbook program.)
New Answer: Ok, um. What you’re looking at is, the textbook is considered a resource. But access is (??). And we realize too that the county has purchased, because of the new math, the CCCGS math, we rolled out the first one last year, and you all (??) the geometry this year. So there are books available for those courses. And that’s um, why, to answer your question, I really need to check on that because I know that they can access those books. They can get those books. We’ll make sure we will get an answer tomorrow. I have a meeting today with Dr. Pringle who is our area superintendent and we talked about textbooks. So I’m not sure if we’re not going to issue them cause I (trails off)…
Sarah: I called the secretary at the central office and she didn’t know anything either.
New Answer: First of all, did anyone tell you that if you requested a book, you could be issued a book? If a parent requests a book, they can have that.
DSW Note: Never does anyone define, introduce or explain what in the heck the “Pilot Textbook Program” actually is! What is it?