Oklahoma schools have been closed for most of the week as teachers from across the state participated in walkouts and protests to urge state lawmakers to earmark more money for public education.
As the daughter of a public school teacher and the granddaughter of a public school teacher, I am in agreement that teachers don’t get paid nearly enough and one mom in Ada, Oklahoma is on-board with the walkout because of one really interesting textbook.
Shelly Parker is 40 and Ada’s hometown hero, Blake Shelton, is 41. Imagine her surprise when her elementary-aged daughter came home with a textbook that was used by Shelton in 1982. Parker shared on Facebook, “Marley is EXCITED that her “new” reader belonged to Blake Shelton, but I am EMBARRASSED!!!! I’m 40 and these people are my age!!! Thank you to every teacher/parent/support staffer/etc. for fighting for my kids education!!! Don’t give up until education is FULLY FUNDED!!!!”
Parker makes a good point– the book “Look Away (Keys to Reading)” was originally published in 1980 and you can’t seem to buy new copies at this point according to my research. I’m no English teacher but have the keys to reading to changed all that much in the last century?
Shelton hasn’t commented on the Oklahoma school walkout, but Carrie Underwood has, as two of her sisters are teachers and participating. In a photo posted to Instagram, Underwood said, “So proud of my sisters…Making a difference for the best reason…KIDS! Here’s hoping OK schools get the funding they need so students and teachers can come back to a great learning environment! Love you guys! ”