Mandatory Purchasing of Textbooks

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Starting in September 2014, Mrs. Poulin has decided that all junior students will be responsible for purchasing their own textbooks. (fictional statement)

Write a letter to Mrs. Poulin supporting or opposing this action.



15 thoughts on “Mandatory Purchasing of Textbooks

    Chloe said:
    March 27, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Thursday March 27, 2014

    Dear Mrs. Poulin,

    Mr. Purdon has told our class that you would like to have all junior students buy their own textbooks starting September 2014. I disagree with this decision for the following reasons.

    The first and main reason I disagree with this is because textbooks are so expensive and not everyone can afford them. The total for only four textbooks is a shocking amount of $210. I highly doubt all junior students have $210 dollars lying around the house, and if they do, it’s probably going to go towards buying food or paying car, phone, and/or house bills.

    Secondly, the more kids you have, the more money! Next year my brother and I will both be in a junior grade so my mom will have to pay $420! I think that’s a lot of money, but think about the kids who have two, three, and possibly even four siblings! They may have to pay somewhere around $500-$1000!

    Finally, if the curriculum changes, students can’t pass down their textbooks. If I were an adult, I would rather buy one set of grade 5 textbooks then two or more! Plus, the school knows when the curriculum changes, so they know when to order and purchase new textbooks. Parents would probably be buying new textbooks a lot depending on how many or what age their kids are.

    As you can see, making students buy their own textbooks is a bad idea. Please take these arguments into consideration.

    Chloe K.

    Kiara said:
    March 27, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Thursday March 27, 2014
    Dear Mrs. Poulin,

    Mr. Purdon informed the class that starting September, you will be forcing the students to pay for our text books. I do not agree with your idea of this because of these reasons.

    Firstly, the text books are pretty expensive by itself, but if you have to buy 2 or more then the price range would be around 100 to 250 dollars. The books around 50 dollars each so that might be going over the school budget but the children need the text books to learn.

    Secondly, if the parent has two or more children in the junior grades, that puts a parent in debt. The expense of 2 children would be around 400+ dollars. An average family would not be able to afford the expense of 3 or 4 text books.

    Lastly, if the child doesn’t have younger siblings to pass it on to, it would be a waste of money. You can sell the book if it is in good shape but if the child wrote all over the book and is no longer in mid-condition, it cannot be sold.

    Thank you for taking the time to read my letter. I hope you take some of my reasons into consideration. Talk to you soon.


    Rameen said:
    March 27, 2014 at 9:55 am

    March 27, 2014
    Dear Mrs.Poulin,

    I have heard that next year kids have to buy their own textbooks, but I disagree. I would like to explain why.

    Firstly, the world is starting to get expensive, so the text book would also be expensive. Many people wouldn’t have enough money to at least buy one and for the whole school year they wouldn’t understand what is our curriculum or what are we studying about.

    Secondly, many families have more than two kids, so one textbook would maybe be expensive and then they can’t buy another textbook for the other kid. That could be a problem for people.

    Thirdly, education is always changing their ideas, so they make a textbook for kids to study. One goes to school and someone passes down a textbook from the family and the teacher says that they don’t use that kind of text book anymore they use the new one. Well new things are mostly expensive and maybe they don’t have money for it.

    Thank you for taking the time to read my letter. I hope you make the choice that I did.



    darren said:
    March 27, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Wednesday March 27 2014
    Dear Mrs Poulin,

    I heard that you are going to make students buy there own text books and I don’t agree with that.

    First off some people can’t afford to buy there own text books. So people will start stealing text books and that’s 60-50 dollars to a waste so it will be no fare for the parent and the child.

    Secondly if you have two kids in a grade you need to pay double the money since it’s about 60 dollars you will need to pay about 120 dollars. So it will be too much money just for one year.

    Lastly it’s a waste because when you’re done with them they won’t be reused. So if the school buys it the text books will be reused every year.

    Thank you for reading my letter but im just saying it’s a bad idea to make kids buy there own text books.



    Daniel said:
    March 27, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Thursday, March 27th 2014
    Dear Mrs Poulin,

    I don’t agree with the junior students next year having to buy their own textbooks next year.

    Firstly, students who can’t afford textbooks may steal other student’s textbooks. Also textbooks usually cost 50 or 60 dollars and parents may have to spend another 60 dollars to buy another text.

    Secondly, the texts are expensive costing 50 or 60 dollars, the parents also have to buy multiple textbooks which comes out to a few hundred dollars being spent. Also everyone may not be able to buy every textbook they need due to the cost.

    Lastly, making students buy their textbooks saves the schools money for fieldtrips and other things, but if a family has multiple kids in grade 4/5/6 they have to spend even more money on textbooks. Trying to pass on textbooks may not be helpful as textbooks may not become reusable as it changes over time.

    Hope you read this letter and make the right choice.



    tristin said:
    March 27, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Wednesday march, 26 2014
    Dear Mrs.Poulin

    It has come to my attention that you would like it if students would have to buy text books rather than getting text books for free, and yes I agree I don’t think it’s the best idea.

    Firstly, the text books can change so it would be difficult for students to pass them down to younger siblings or another student. Also it might be harder for kids. But if you didn’t make them buy the text books it would be the same.

    Secondly, if their was two kids the parents would have to pay lots of money. Parents don’t have that kind of money.

    Lastly, even though I know the school needs money the text books could get stolen and then they would have to pay for another one. So it would save school money.

    Thank you for taking the time to read my letter I hope you make a choice that makes sense.



      Caleb said:
      March 27, 2014 at 10:16 am

      March 26th, 2014
      Dear Mrs. Poulin,

      Hi it’s Caleb and I have heard that you will make grade 4-6 buy their own text books, I disagree with that idea.

      The first reason I disagree is the text books are expensive 50-60$ and most of the kids in this school don’t have that much money and their parents might not let them have that much money.

      Secondly the text books are hard to find I have never seen a text book in a store. So where will everyone find the text books.

      Lastly what if the text books get stolen that is about 50-60$ down the drain also 50-60$ is quite a bit of money.

      Thank you, for taking the time to read this letter!



    Connor said:
    March 27, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Dear Mrs. Poulin,

    Hello. My name is Connor A student in Mr. Purdon’s 5/6 class. I heard that you are making textbook mandatory in the junior grades (4, 5, and 6) I think it is a bad idea to make textbooks mandatory.

    Firstly, they are hard to find. Where? They could be sold out for all we know. Maybe the parents don’t have enough money to buy it. So students may not have a textbook forcing them to leave and find another school. Plus I have never seen one in a store.

    Secondly, textbooks are extremely expensive. A grade 5 textbook may cost 50$. Then a social studies textbook may 60$. For all the textbooks would be over 200$ or 300$. Plus if you have two or more children in the family double or triple the cost. Trust me parents don’t like spending that type of money.

    Lastly, people can steal your textbook. People can steal your textbook because they don’t have a textbook. So the person that it got stolen form is 60$ down the hole. Plus if I had buy textbooks I would go to a different school.

    Thank you, for reading my letter. Please take advice and don’t make textbooks mandatory.


    Connor 🙂

    madison said:
    March 27, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Thursday March 27, 2014
    Dear Mrs. Poulin,
    I have heard that starting in September all junior students will have to buy their own text books. I would like to share my reasons why I disagree with this.
    My first reason is that for some kids they might be hard to find in stores. I have never seen the text books in the stores before so I wouldn’t know where to look.
    My second reason is that the text books are really expensive. I know this because one text is sixty dollars. Another text is fifty dollars. And the last text is fifty dollars which equals up to two hundred and ten dollars.
    My last reason is that if the texts change and we have some younger siblings we can’t pass them down. If we buy the texts they will get thrown out, but if the school buys the texts they will get reused every school year until they change.
    Thank you for taking the time to read my letter.

    Jewel said:
    March 27, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Dear Mrs. Poulin, Thursday March 27, 2014

    Mr. Purdon has told our class that you are going to force the junior grades to buy their own text books starting in September 2014. I disagree in your idea, though. Please read further to see my thinking.

    Firstly, buying text books is expensive. I know that students do graffiti in text books and that’s why you would like to have students but their own text books, but it’s just like you’re saying the students have to buy their own bathroom! Students do graffiti in the bathroom stalls. What’s the difference? Text books are expensive just like how expensive it is to buy your own bathroom. Also, most parents or children don’t have enough money! Parents have to do taxes, shop for food and clothing, pay bills, and pay for their children to go to school.

    Secondly, some children can’t pay for their textbooks so they steal other kid’s books. But, the child who got their text books stolen just bought text books for no reason! What if that happened to you? It’s just like throwing away your money into the bathroom you bought!

    Lastly, if you had more than one child in the junior grades, it would double the money. Also, what if you bought them books when they were entering grade six? Then the next year when they are entering grade seven, it would just be like throwing $440 dollars down the toilet! Parents can’t pay for two, three, or more children! Parents need money for their life, and if paying for A LOT of text books, they can go broke! Would you want that to happen to you?

    Thank you for taking time to read my letter. Please think about my suggestions and write back to tell me what you think.


    P.S. I hope you agree with my thinking!

    gage :) said:
    March 27, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Wednesday March 26, 2014
    Dear Mrs. Poulin,

    I wanted to say I do not agree with the fact that next year you will have to pay for text books. The school has been supporting kids with text books for years and I would like support this.

    Firstly some books that you want the parents or children to find may be hard to find because you do not see a lot of math or science text books in stores. Or may not be in stock.

    Secondly they are not cheap there 50 to 60 dollars and some families may not have kind of money. Or they will not be able to buy all the text books.

    Thirdly they may get stolen then they will have to buy them all over again. And that won’t be cheap.

    Thank you for reading my letter I hope you will take this to consideration.



    Sylvia said:
    March 27, 2014 at 10:26 am

    March 27, 2014
    Dear Mrs. Poulin,
    It has come to my attention that in September, you expect students to purchase their own text books instead of the school providing them. However, I don’t believe this is a good idea. Here’s my thinking why.
    Firstly, parents or guardians may not be able to find where school text books would be available. At least the type that the schools use for learning purposes. Yes, maybe some parents can find the text books, but certainly not all.
    Secondly, the schools text books can be very expensive. Parents might not be able to afford to buy them for their children. For example, one science text book can cost up to fifty dollars, and one math text book can cost up to sixty dollars! That seems like a lot of money for a text book that will only be used for a year or so. Right?
    Lastly, text books change. The one that the child used the year before, might not be the one they have to use this year. As I mentioned, fifty to sixty dollars is lots of money for a text book that is most likely to only be used for a year or so. A bit of a waste of money, isn’t it?
    Thank you very much for taking the time to read through my letter. I truly hope that it might help you make the right choice.

    Adam said:
    March 28, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Thursday, March 27, 2014
    Dear Mrs. Poulin,

    I have noticed that in September, all students are required to buy their own math, science, and social studies textbooks. For some reasons, I don’t think this is a good idea. Here’s why…

    Reason 1 is how much it costs. These textbooks cost around 50-60 dollars. Now, not all families can afford this price, especially if the family has multiple kids in the grade 4, 5, and 6 range. Let’s say the family has 2 kids. One in grade 5, one in grade 6. 150$ x 2 = 300$! If a kid can’t afford it and the school won’t hand out textbooks, what is he/she going to do?

    Reason 2 is “What if the textbooks were to change?” If the textbooks wouldn’t be able to be sold or passed down the younger people, it’s just a waste of money because they can’t be reused due to the official textbooks being changed. They wouldn’t be able to use them because when the textbooks changed, the textbooks they had would have different contents.

    My final reason is that they’re hard to find. If a student buys the wrong brand of textbooks, they might not be allowed to use the textbook because it contains content that would not be the same as the other textbook brand. Also, what if the student finds the correct brand of textbook, but it’s the wrong grade or it’s sold out? Sure, they can be shared, but people don’t want to share or find sharing annoying after a while.

    Thanks for reading my letter. I know textbooks cost lots of money, but I think this is still a bad idea.



    timothy said:
    March 28, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Dear Mrs. Poulin, March 27, 2014

    It has come to my attention that kids are going to have to purchase their own books I think this is not a good idea for these reasons:

    Firstly, some family’s may not be able to afford or even have the money to have these books to take to school and what if the family don’t have allot of money like textbook and all of the other books may cost around $550.00.

    Secondly, it would be a waste of money for grade 7 because a grade 6 textbook to a grade 7 textbook and if the school buys it they can use it year after year and if the student buys it. It would be a waste.

    Lastly, what if parents have 2 or 3 kids they have to pay almost 2000 dollars and after 1 year it would be a waste of 200 dollars and also how can kids buy the book they don’t have an extra 600 dollars laying around.

    Thank, you for taking the time to read my letter I hope you make the right choice.



    marta said:
    March 31, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Dear Mrs. Poulin,

    I hear that you are planning to have students buy their own text books. I think that it is a good idea to do this. Here are my reasons why.
    Firstly, some students who have school text books do drawings in it. Students pay more attention to their drawings then what the teacher is saying. It becomes disrespectful, and it ruins the book.
    Secondly, when students take home their text books to do homework, they can do anything with their text book without the teacher or parent watching. They can rip the pages out, colour the cover, or rewrite questions. That means the teacher has to replace the book or throw it out.
    Lastly, students could forget their text books at home. They could forget about it, then the next day at school, they think they don’t need the text book, but the teacher says they do and they don’t have it. Students could end up in a panic or start their work all over again.

    Thank you Mrs. Poulin for reading my letter, I do hope that you will continue with your idea.



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