Book Drive

Hello everyone. I’m Nicole, the new-ish Freakonomics assistant.

A few weeks ago, Dubner blogged about Chicago School District 214, where the campaign of one board member to ban Freakonomics (among other dangerous books such as Kate Chopin’s The Awakening) was successfully thwarted. The publisher, William Morrow, happily gave away 50 signed copies to students in appreciation.

Someone commented that it would be nice to be able to donate a copy of Freakonomics to the District 214 school libraries, now that the students’ right to read the book has been secured.

If anyone would like to send a book, the following are names and addresses for all six District 214 librarians. You can also send one from here or here.

Carrie Jackson
Wheeling High School Library
900 S. Elmhurst
Wheeling, IL 60009

Mike Kic
Rolling Meadows High School Library
2901 W. Central Rd.
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Glenn Gotrik
Buffalo Grove High School Library
1100 W. Dundee
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Cheryl Petrone
Prospect High School Library
801 Kensington Rd.
Mount Prospect, IL 60056

Joan Kallas
Hersey High School Library
1900 E. Thomas
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Maria Eichstaedt
Elk Grove High School Library
500 W. Elk Grove Blvd.
Elk Grove, IL 60005


freethinker

It might be nicer to donate copies of Freakanomics to school districts that could actually use help, like the Chicago Public Schools District. The schools close to Hyde Park (like Kenwood Academy for example)might be prime candidates, since they are both poor and close to Leavitt's home/university. Oh yeah, and the CPS system is "featured" in one of the chapters in Freakanomics.

I have nothing against District 214, but it is a fairly well-off middle-class-to-upper-middle-class area. I doubt they need the help, and I know they don't need it as much as CPS.

Sony

Freethinker, I think you are mistaken about most District 214 schools. Personally I attend Wheeling High School. Moreover, Wheeling itself has more than half Mexican students with well below reading levels. Personally again I have half Hispanic, which means I get grouped with this stat. Now, schools like Rolling Meadows very bad rap for being a highly drug related school. Steveson, by far the most richest but the most stuck up. Buffalo Grove, mostly Jewish community that would be enlightened by the books teachings. Overall ANY school that gets free books deserves them. From an outsider point of view, yes District 214 is upper middle class, very rich, but on the inside we are very corrupted and poor (ish) indeed. Just take the students from Piper Lane... Now, if you wish to do as I did. Personally e-mail these authors explaining why these books are so important and get something done. I owe lots to Mr.Dubner for doing this and giving his time to reply back to a student of 15. So all in all, all school need books that teach us great things. And take it a step even more for you Freethinker to buy a few copies or even do a book drive and donate those books to CPS. I would love to do the same, but my donations are concerned toward manga. For the most part, very few Wheeling students would read Freakonomics, and Im sure the SAME goes for other District 214 schools, and EVEN CPS, but for those very few it could/will change lives. As for the most Chicago schools get very much attention rather that suburban schools. From an outside point of view, very understandable, but since Im on the inside, I doubt your opinion in worth more than two cents, just as mine is worth 25 cents. -Sony-

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Princess Leia

Way to take charge, Nicole!

skepticlawyer

Am a huge fan, and have already blogged onsite at one of Australia's leading political blogs. Am interested in analysis of 'the freakonomics of nappy hair', which I've already blogged on.

This book should be COMPULSORY for every high school economics student.

Please visit us at http://sabhlokcity.blogspot.com/

freethinker

Sony,

My point wasn't that there are no needy individual students in District 214, but rather that the overall budget of the schools in District 214 is not lacking; i.e., that District 214 could easily buy a copy of Freakanomics. The budgets at the CPS schools are far more lacking.

dolcevita1972

If the CPS is so poor, then how is Daley able to spend more than $1 billion on 24 new public schools. http://www.swnewsherald.com/news_frontpage/2006/06/062206c_plans.php
From my memory(EGHS alum) there has not been a school built in dist 214 in many many years.

synapticmisfires

I have to admit, District 214 is not even close to the neediest school district. I have just graduated from the District (Buffalo Grove HS) and it is a pretty well to do area (although Wheeling and Elk Grove have much lower median incomes).

I think it was a clever idea to give books to the district affected by the ban as a show of thanks for the campaign to defend Freakonomics, and to further stoke the enthusiasm created by the ban. I believe that the book giveaway wasn't really based on need, but just to capitalize on the ban and keep people in the area excited about Freakonomics. However, I must admit that based on financial need, there are many more needy districts.
(Stevenson is actually not in District 214)

dratskee

there has not been a school built in dist 214 in many many years

That might be because more District 214 schools aren't needed. The article you linked is quite clear that more Chicago public schools are being built because of closings and overcrowding.

dolcevita1972

A school system that has billions for new buildings is hardly "needy"

dratskee

Who said it does? The total cost is $1 billion, and the Chicago Public School system is paying less than half of that. Again, per the article you linked. That isn't billions. I have no objection to the District 214 giveaway, but I (Chicago native) didn't think it was debatable that CPS schools are financially worse off than most others.

freethinker

docevita1972 said:
"A school system that has billions for new buildings is hardly “needy”"

Thanks for that, I really needed a laugh. Dude, Somalia's GDP last year was $4.825 billion last year!!!! Stop all Somalian aid and send it to District 214 immediately!!!

hth

freethinker

It might be nicer to donate copies of Freakanomics to school districts that could actually use help, like the Chicago Public Schools District. The schools close to Hyde Park (like Kenwood Academy for example)might be prime candidates, since they are both poor and close to Leavitt's home/university. Oh yeah, and the CPS system is "featured" in one of the chapters in Freakanomics.

I have nothing against District 214, but it is a fairly well-off middle-class-to-upper-middle-class area. I doubt they need the help, and I know they don't need it as much as CPS.

Sony

Freethinker, I think you are mistaken about most District 214 schools. Personally I attend Wheeling High School. Moreover, Wheeling itself has more than half Mexican students with well below reading levels. Personally again I have half Hispanic, which means I get grouped with this stat. Now, schools like Rolling Meadows very bad rap for being a highly drug related school. Steveson, by far the most richest but the most stuck up. Buffalo Grove, mostly Jewish community that would be enlightened by the books teachings. Overall ANY school that gets free books deserves them. From an outsider point of view, yes District 214 is upper middle class, very rich, but on the inside we are very corrupted and poor (ish) indeed. Just take the students from Piper Lane... Now, if you wish to do as I did. Personally e-mail these authors explaining why these books are so important and get something done. I owe lots to Mr.Dubner for doing this and giving his time to reply back to a student of 15. So all in all, all school need books that teach us great things. And take it a step even more for you Freethinker to buy a few copies or even do a book drive and donate those books to CPS. I would love to do the same, but my donations are concerned toward manga. For the most part, very few Wheeling students would read Freakonomics, and Im sure the SAME goes for other District 214 schools, and EVEN CPS, but for those very few it could/will change lives. As for the most Chicago schools get very much attention rather that suburban schools. From an outside point of view, very understandable, but since Im on the inside, I doubt your opinion in worth more than two cents, just as mine is worth 25 cents. -Sony-

Read more...

Princess Leia

Way to take charge, Nicole!

skepticlawyer

Am a huge fan, and have already blogged onsite at one of Australia's leading political blogs. Am interested in analysis of 'the freakonomics of nappy hair', which I've already blogged on.

This book should be COMPULSORY for every high school economics student.

Please visit us at http://sabhlokcity.blogspot.com/

freethinker

Sony,

My point wasn't that there are no needy individual students in District 214, but rather that the overall budget of the schools in District 214 is not lacking; i.e., that District 214 could easily buy a copy of Freakanomics. The budgets at the CPS schools are far more lacking.

dolcevita1972

If the CPS is so poor, then how is Daley able to spend more than $1 billion on 24 new public schools. http://www.swnewsherald.com/news_frontpage/2006/06/062206c_plans.php
From my memory(EGHS alum) there has not been a school built in dist 214 in many many years.

synapticmisfires

I have to admit, District 214 is not even close to the neediest school district. I have just graduated from the District (Buffalo Grove HS) and it is a pretty well to do area (although Wheeling and Elk Grove have much lower median incomes).

I think it was a clever idea to give books to the district affected by the ban as a show of thanks for the campaign to defend Freakonomics, and to further stoke the enthusiasm created by the ban. I believe that the book giveaway wasn't really based on need, but just to capitalize on the ban and keep people in the area excited about Freakonomics. However, I must admit that based on financial need, there are many more needy districts.
(Stevenson is actually not in District 214)

dratskee

there has not been a school built in dist 214 in many many years

That might be because more District 214 schools aren't needed. The article you linked is quite clear that more Chicago public schools are being built because of closings and overcrowding.

dolcevita1972

A school system that has billions for new buildings is hardly "needy"