Weeding the Teacher Resources section of the library is an ongoing process, but it’s really important in order to keep our teacher books and guides up to date. There are some really old books back there that have never seen the light of day, and are just plain out of date. It’s interesting to see the selection of worksheet books from the pre-internet days – a lot of the covers suggest that teachers and students use the blackline sheets to illustrate their projects and reports, so there are tons of books that simply contain page after page of clip-art to photocopy. Need a map of Czechoslovakia? Well, I mean, it doesn’t exist anymore, but need one anyway? It’s on page 45 of The Good Apple Outline Map Book, copyright 1993. Geopolitically 1993 is: pre-dissolution of Yugoslavia, pre-Democratic Republic of the Congo, and pre-Nunavut, among other things. How quaint!
It’s also interesting to come across worksheets from 20+ years ago. In Canadian Landscapes, also circa 1993, we find a plethora of dry and pointless worksheets about Canada… including a “fascinating” resource on making plywood:
I really feel that what my education lacked was a strong understanding of the plywood making process.