Super Teacher's Job is Never Done!

Super Teacher's Job is Never Done!
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Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions. ~ Author Unknown

My goal is to reveal one teacher's humble journey of self-reflection, critical analysis, and endless questioning about my craft of teaching and learning alongside my middle school students.

"The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called 'truth'." ~ Dan Rather

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Are we just salespeople for Scholastic?

Beginning in first grade, I remember being elated every time that white and red Scholastic book order box was delivered to my teacher's classroom. It meant the chance to get my brand new books, which I would inevitably devour in the coming days. That was in the late 1980s and 1990s. Now, while Scholastic is still successful as a company, many more online markets -- not to mention the Kindle and Nook -- are fierce competitors for the book selling company. 

Our Media Specialist strongly encourages students and teachers to buy their books from Scholastic, in hopes of earning points towards free books, merchandise, and funds for our school. But have we gone too far in supporting this company? Are there other, cheaper ways we should encourage our staff and students to buy their books from? You decide.

Connecticut Judge Rules Teachers Are Salespeople For Scholastic

Remember those Scholastic Book Clubs from school, when you could use the money you saved up to buy your favorite books from a catalog?
Well, according to a Connecticut judge, the teachers who hand out the catalogs, help students make purchasing decisions and collect the orders are actually salespeople, even though they don't receive any money. And if those teachers are salespeople, that means Scholastic Book Clubs Inc., based in Jefferson City, Mo. and with no physical presence in Connecticut, has to pay the state $3.2 million in sales tax, according to the ruling.
Here's Connecticut Supreme Court Judge Peter Zarella's explanation, via the Hartford Courant:
"... some 14,000 Connecticut classroom teachers acted as the company's representatives soliciting, processing and delivering books sales to students. While not compensated for their services, teachers received book catalogs from the company...collected orders and payment from students...received shipment and distributed books to the students."
It's an interesting argument and one Scholastic, which hasn't commented on the ruling publicly, appealed when it was originally made by the state's Department of Revenue Service.
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