Lois Aleta Fundis sent in This almost funny story from Freedomforum.org on some silly censorship down in TX. The State Board of Education approved a reading textbook for 5th that was \"revised\" after two Republican state legislators complained about a picture of Vice President Al Gore and a brief accompanying article.
\"\"The bottom line is the publisher self-censored this book under implicit threat that the far-right contingent on the State Board of Education would grandstand and bully [the publisher], because that\'s been their behavior for the last six years,\" Smoot told The Freedom Forum Online. \"These members of the state board have a long and rich tradition of going after textbooks for such absurd things as disliking a photograph of a woman carrying a briefcase, decrying the number of pages devoted to (farmworker organizer) Cesar Chavez and even saying one history book depicted slavery in too negative a fashion.\"
Here\'s a really cool site sent in by Bob Cox. The Internet Search FAQ covers all the bases, \"how can I find\", \"how can I find it faster?\", \"should I pay?\", and \"where can I get help?\", are all covered.
\"Although this website was compiled originally for writers, it has become increasingly clear that this FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) list is of use to anyone who wants to find their way around the Net. \"
Greenville News has this story on the creative ideas that school librarians have to get books on the shelves.\"In addition to holding the usual book fairs and cranking out applications for grants, they\'ve cashed in aluminum cans, sold candy and school supplies, urged parents to shop at certain grocery stores and use certain credit cards and accepted hand-me-downs from college and university libraries updating their collections.\"
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has this piece on a school board that decided not to ban 5 books from an advanced placement english class...if the students are provided alternatives.\"Dr. James Moore and his wife, Minnie, the parents of a former Windsor Forest High School student who now attends college, challenged the books because they contain sex, violence and profanity.\"
The Star-Telegram has this story on kids getting everyone and their grandmother to sign up for a library card.
\"Students at Carter Park Elementary surpassed themselves in a drive to put Fort Worth Public Library cards in the hands of more students.
A whopping 104 percent of the student body now has library privileges. The school has 775 students but was responsible for adding 818 library cards by also signing up parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends.\"
For the third time in the past month, another bookstore\'s records have been subpoenaed by law enforcement officials. Libraries are bound to be next. The story is available from Lawrence Journal-World.
\"The subpoena, involving a Borders store in Johnson County, came to light this week when a bookseller industry newsletter reported that several groups had filed court papers on Borders\' behalf.
Wired is reporting The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has narrowed the field down to 10 finalists in the race to become the new DOT-COM! Check out the final TLD\'s and the folks sponsoring them.
Charles Davis sent in This Story from Ananova.com on a copy of the first edition of the first Harry Potter that sold for more than £6,000 at auction. They only pressed 500 copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher\'s Stone when it was published three years ago. An 1885 first edition illustrated copy of Robert Louis Stevenson\'s Treasure Island went for just £100.
Arkansas Online has a Story on the trouble brewing over the new Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. A man there won\'t give up his land so they can build the library because his is mad at Little Rock officials for spending more than $12 million on the land for the library.
\"The city of Little Rock can ill afford this huge expenditure, which has never been approved by the voters,\" Pfeifer said. \"The past two years have proved the ruinous effects the financing scheme has had on our city finances and public confidence.\"
$12 Million does seem like alot of money for this thing.
Freedomforum.org has a Report on some Harry trouble in NH. A woman there is requesting that parents have more say in what teachers read to pupils. She wants teachers to give parents reading lists so they can decide whether their child should leave classrooms when certain books are read aloud.
She said Harry Potter teaches about killing, reincarnation and the occult. To prove her point, she read a segment of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer\'s Stone aloud to the board, and it speaks of drinking blood and damaging the mind and body of a witch.
The NY Times has a short opinion on mandating filtering in libraries that get federal funding. They call is an \"an ill-conceived rider\", absurd and unconstitutional. They say a better way to approach this problem is schools and libraries monitor student use of the Internet while teaching each student how to avoid inappropriate sites.
As always the odd insightful comment worth reading \"
This raises some interesting questions on quality control of web sites, especially medical web sites. Should a government be given control over certain sites to ensure they are reliable? Should anyone really be getting medical advice from a web site to begin with?
John Rappold writes \"PDAK12 is a new web site dedicated to using the Pocket PC Personal Digital Assistants in K-12. The site is geared towards teachers, librarians, technology coordinators, and administrative staff. Topics covered include deploying Pocket PCs, web and database connectivity, eBooks, software reviews, and many others.
The non-profit site is hosted by South Central Ohio Computer Association, one of twenty-four state agencies in Ohio that provide data and Internet services for K-12 districts. PDAK12 can be found at:
The NY Times has an insteresting Story on the employability of those with degrees from Online-Only Schools. 77% of HR officers said they believe an online degree from a real school, like Stanford or Harvard, is better than one from a school that exists only on the Internet.
\"There\'s some skepticism. Some employers feel like students are getting a degree-lite, or a watered-down degree.\"
I\'ve been on both sides of the online education market (as a student and a teacher) and I still prefer the ol\' classroom.
Charles Davis writes \"In August 1850 the Public Libraries Act received Royal Assent, allowing ordinary people to enjoy free access to books and laying the foundations of today\'s national UK network of public libraries.
To mark the 150th anniversary of the Act, which brought knowledge and literature within the reach of every member of society, a commemorative 50p coin has been produced by the Royal Mint.
See: royalmint.com \"
Questia Media is hoping to entice students to pay as much as
$360 a year for online access to searchable books and
journals. The Chronicle
has the Full
says it will have more than 50,000 scholarly books and
journals by January, then they\'ll sell subscriptions for $20
or $30 a month, it allows the students to copy and \"paste\"
....the service\'s search-and-copy features
respond to the way students really do their papers. \"They\'re
not reading the books,\" says Troy Williams.