The City of Philadelphia is closing all — that’s right ALL — of its public libraries. Click here and GULP!
Actually, it seems the city got a stay of execution… click here to read about the reprieve.
–Is this not a metaphor for what plagues our nation’s literacy ills?
–Is it not entirely ironic that they are considering this a month before the largest convention of English teachers in the country convenes in their city?
–What does it say about a city that finds libraries to be a luxury?
–What does it say about the city’s leaders that they allow this to occur?
–Are other cities now going to “jump on the sad bandwagon” and start closing libraries in the shortsighted attempt to save money by expanding ignorance?
Being a big Ben Franklin fan, I am quite confident that this past decade has seen him roll over in his grave a few times over. Well, right about now, I am sure he’s taking another spin.