- First grader Marley Parker was excited when she found out her schoolbook once belonged to Blake Shelton.
- But her mom, Shelly, wrote in a Facebook post that she's "embarrassed" the school is using books from the early '80s.
- Her comments come as thousands of teachers are walking out in the Parkers' home state of Oklahoma to push for more education funding.
Seven-year-old Marley Parker was enthusiastic when she discovered one of her first-grade books once belonged to Blake Shelton during his school days in Ada, OK. Her mom, however, was less thrilled.
"Marley is EXCITED that her “new” reader belonged to , but I am EMBARRASSED!!!!" Shelly Parker wrote in a Facebook post. "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!!!! "
Her post has since gone viral, with thousands of shares and reactions. Clearly she's not the only one who has frustrations with the education system in Oklahoma. Teachers in the state are walking out for the fifth day in a row to pressure law makers to vote on three measures that would bring more money to education, . The news outlet says that various supplies, including textbooks, are "run down" and "outdated."
Shelly knows firsthand how bad the materials have gotten. "My husband and I are both former teachers in the state of Oklahoma, but had to change that once we brought Marley into the picture," she says. "With our current state of educational funding crisis, I had to share [the book]. It’s funny, but sad at the same time."
According to the inside cover, Blake used the book in 1982, when he would have been about six years old. "It’s not a huge shocker that she has Blake’s reader," Shelly says. "We are from a small town, where probably half of the people are related to him. He has a huge family."
Although it would be pretty neat to read a book once used by Blake, it is surprising that a book used in the early '80s is still being circulated among school children today, but according to statistics, it's not uncommon. reports that Oklahoma ranks 47th in the country for public school revenue per student and 49th for average teacher's salaries, according to the .