A friend of mine just forwarded an email he received yesterday from the school his children attend. The email reminded parents that math textbook adoption was going on right now and encouraged them to review the textbooks and submit their comments so that the adoption committees could consider them.
My friend sent the email to me because he knows I served on the elementary committee. Yes, served. You see the elementary committee is no longer meeting because we voted on our recommendation on December 1st. The middle school committee voted on December 7, and the High School committee submitted their recommendations last week.
Which makes the timing of the email rather odd as any comments received between December 1 and December 21 will clearly not be considered by the adoption committees as they’ve already made their recommendations.
I’m trying to figure out of this is just blind stupidity on the part of the school district, ignorance, or an attempt to deceive the public into believing that their comments and feedback are actually going to be considered. Neither – blind stupidity, ignorance, or willful deceit – are traits I find desirable in my school district.
The next school board meeting is Wednesday, December 21st – which is the last “official” day for public comments regarding the math textbooks being considered. Perhaps out school board members might want to ask district officials why they would adopt a schedule that had the committees choosing which textbooks to recommend before the cut off date for public comments.