Madam, – There is a solution to the recycling of schoolbooks issue which was raised by Trevor Matthews (February 13th).
I am a parent of three school children and I have set up a free web site called schoolbookexchange.ie. This service allows families to buy, sell, or exchange used college and school books from each other. Thousands of families already use it.
In addition, the “Freeze School Book List” campaign is under way. If we can persuade teachers to freeze last year’s school book lists and re-use them again this year, it will assist considerably towards helping families all over Ireland re-use their school books and thus save money in every community throughout the country. – Yours, etc,
All very laudable, but I came through an education system in which parents did not pay directly for school books: the cost was borne through general taxation. This has left me at a disadvantage in understanding why schools cannot procure these books directly, retain them and pass them down from year to year. Do citizens here object to contributing to the education of other people’s children or something?