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Schoolgirl assigned Blake Shelton’s textbook from 1982

April 12, 2018 GMT

A seven-year-old girl was super excited to get the same grade-school textbook used by country music and The Voice star Blake Shelton. Her mom not so much.

Young student Marley Parker found Shelton’s name in the textbook when she went to add her name to the issue note on the inside of the front cover. Shelton was assigned the book in 1982 when he was a young 6-year-old tyke.

When mom Shelly Bryan Parker realized the same textbook has been in circulation for over 40 years, she took to Facebook to vent about the state of the education system in Oklahoma.

Her post: “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!!!! #fundOKED #Okwalk4kids #westillloveblake

According to Yahoo! Shelly and her husband are former teachers and they are using this as an example to show the that teachers and schools need more resources.

“Teachers have had enough, Marley is so fortunate to have amazing teachers but they need the resources to be able to teach and worthy salaries.”

The book is part of the first-grade learning curriculum and is in good shape, though Shelby says other books are not. And she says it’s not that the book is decades old, but that it shows that the state hasn’t spent on education.

“Outdated supplies, lack of funding for innovative educational tools,” she said to Yahoo!

Shelton hasn’t responded to the post.