Rotaries give dictionaries to Danville 3rd-graders
Original post made on Nov 14, 2013
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on Nov 14, 2013 at 5:51 pm
While this is a lovely gesture, I can tell you that 1. kids don't use book dictionaries any more (they do almost all of their research online) and 2. my kids brought these dictionaries home when they were in elementary school and they sat on a shelf until I eventually donated them (never opened, never used, despite my urging). Sadly, I fear your money may be getting wasted here. Please talk to the teachers and find out what they really need so your generous intent is not wasted.
on Nov 15, 2013 at 8:39 am
Totally agree with Lisa. Also, I know the rotary clubs probably want to keep their donation within the community, but many of the Danville schools have sister schools in lower socio-economic areas nearby (ex. Title One schools in Antioch, Baypoint, etc.) - perhaps they could have a joint school textbook / dictionary (?) / school supply fundraiser or donation campaign to benefit both Danville and their sister schools?
on Nov 15, 2013 at 8:45 am
Yes, so true. Elementary teachers don't have their students refer to hardcopy dictionaries much in class, if at all - even back more than 10 years ago when my kids were in elementary school and regular computer use was still rather new for students. It was in high school, with all the essay writing, that I remember constantly using one; even so, I knew from the elementary level how to navigate the resource. I've worked with even upper elementary kids who still have to stop and think about the order of the alphabet and the sequencing of letters in words before using a dictionary.
Although I have a family of wordsmiths, I admit that my three sets have hardly ever been cracked open at home during the elementary years either. WIth online dictionaries and spell check, the printed versions are a sad relic. Additionally, wIth the many rich and wonderful words we have in our English language, it's a shame that people tend to use the newer coined words/phrases or stick to the more well known ones nowadays and not venture into expression.
Regardless of their level of awareness of the use of printed dictionaries, I still appreciate the Rotarians efforts to keep print alive. There are some folks out there who value and use these books. Maybe they should take orders and see who really wants them rather than a massive distribution.