Young Adults

Microsoft Creates High School of Future in Philly

Search Engines WEB writes "one of the most advanced high schools ever conceived. The School of the Future is the result of a unique collaboration between the School District of Philadelphia, Microsoft Corp. and the community of West Philadelphia .... The school is a state-of-the-art working example of this public-private partnership, featuring a progressive and research-based curriculum, integrated technology, and environmentally advanced architecture. 6/09-06MSPhiladelphiaSOFPR.mspx mspx ool_dc"

Students Suspended over Summer Reading Projects

Search Engines WEB writes "More than 500 students in Lancaster, Texas, had their summer vacations extended after failing to complete their summer reading assignment - only they weren't exactly on vacation: The school suspended them until they completed their assigned reading. Last year 1,100 students were sent home for failing to complete the summer reading project. ABC News Has More"

Teens Engage in Fishy Activities At the Library

Laurena Schultz said the same thing to all the latecomers: "Come in. Grab a dead fish."

Ms. Schultz, the teen services librarian at the Mt. Lebanon Public Library located in Pittsburgh PA, was leading a session of gyotaku, a Japanese method of printing using real fish, as part of the monthly teen activities series at the library last week. Post-Gazette has the story.

Interview with a YA librarian

cronopi0 writes "This morning's Houston Chronicle has a brief but well-done interview with Craig Bertuglia, young-adult librarian at the McGovern-Stella Link Branch of the Houston Public Library. Bertuglia discusses teens' current taste in websites, games, fiction, manga and more. 'You can't be an outsider looking in, trying to order things for teens,' Bertuglia says. 'You have to communicate with them, and we do that through things like teen advisory groups.'"

Library Sponsors "Idol" Competition

jepling writes "The Louisville (KY) Free Public Library is sponsoring "Library Idol", a communitywide, live reality talent competition for ages 12-19. The winning individual or group from each branch will compete in the grand finale competition at the Main Library. All finalists selected for the grand finale will be treated to a red-carpet experience. Branch winners will receive movie tickets to Cinemark Tinseltown USA. The grand-prize winner/winners will receive movie tickets for themselves plus 30 more for their friends.
Talent competition no 'Idol' boast: Library to showcase young performers
Louisville Courier-Journal. July 7, 2006
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Indiana Students protest possible librarian cuts

New desks, lunch tables and automatic flushing toilets are nice, but several students at Yorktown High School would rather have old desks and tables and manual flushing toilets if it will help the librarians in the district keep their jobs.

About 20 of those students -- with personal or library books in hand -- showed up at Morrow's Meadow across the street from Yorktown Middle School to protest the possibility of losing the high school librarian.

"Students can survive flushing their own toilets, but it wouldn't be a school without our librarians," protest organizer and senior Ryan Brown said.

Teens flock to libraries

Danbury News Times - Danbury,CT - Takes A Long Look at how Teens seem to be flocking to books in startling numbers. The number of American teens has grown in recent years, to 40 million by one estimate. But there also seems to be a greater interest in reading, an outgrowth of the Harry Potter mania that started in 1998.

Is school fingerprinting out of bounds?

Obtaining biometric data from pupils, often without parental knowledge, shows how far this technology has already infiltrated society. The Guardian Reports last week, news emerged that Primrose Hill primary school in north London had been fingerprinting pupils without their parents' consent. It seemed shocking yet should not have come as such a surprise. Micro Librarian Systems' Junior Librarian has been marketed in the UK since 2002 and is estimated to have fingerprinted hundreds of thousands of British children.

What you say online could haunt you

Search Engines Web sent over A Remider From The USA Today that what you say online could haunt you. As more and more students turn to websites such as Facebook and MySpace to chronicle their lives and socialize with friends, they also are learning that their words and pictures are reaching way beyond the peers for whom they were intended. And some, are paying a price. In the past few months, college, high school and even middle school students across the USA have been suspended or expelled, thrown off athletic teams, passed over for jobs and even arrested based on their online postings.

High schoolers and the never-opened book

Interesting column from the Detroit Free Press, in which a community college instructor offers her observations regarding the epidemic of non-reading in her state and nationwide.

Over and over, my students -- all adults -- tell me that too many school districts neglect to include provocative selections within their curriculum. The collection of choices made and the way reading materials are handled fail to inspire. Why educators would undertake such a questionable course is murky, but the results are not. Michigan community college students struggle to speak in complete sentences and are challenged when asked to write coherently. Will they perform any better during job interviews? Is this next generation of workers prepared to create cutting-edge products and services?

She also comments:

It's easy to buy picture books featuring the gentle antics of big red dogs, but it's much more difficult to pick out thought-provoking selections for a 16-year-old when a parent hasn't read a book since high school -- if ever.

Thanks to Reading Today Daily for the link.

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