|It would make sense for classroom teachers to choose more of their
own materials, instead of paying millions of dollars a year to big
publishing companies for textbooks that
WILL NOT BE USED IN MANY CLASSROOMS.
For many classrooms, the state-supplied books are simply not the
best choice for those particular students, or that particular teacher.
If a teacher is gifted, and has knowledge and teaching skills beyond
the norm, she is able to tailor lessons very precisely to the students
in front of her, and to the moment in which a lesson is being taught.
Especially in the upper grades, the state-supplied textbooks are
sometimes too difficult for entire classrooms of students. The
money should be used to help those kids, NOT the publishing
And TEXTBOOKS certainly DO NOT NEED TO BE REPLACED every
seven years. Many of us have seen almost-new state-supplied
books being GIVEN AWAY OR THROWN AWAY at schools across the
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