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Education Department pulls summer reading list

Jen Young writes "CNN Reports

The Education Department pulled its summer reading list from its Web site after learning the list misspelled and misidentified book titles and authors. Librarians also said the list was outdated.

The list included children's classics such as Beverly Cleary's "Ramona the Brave," Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" and George Orwell's "Animal Farm." But librarians say it recommends few titles from the last decade.



Home Schooling in Cyberspace

Jen Young spotted a look at Home Schooling From The NYTimes.
They say online education is only just beginning to spread to the lower grades. There are fewer than two dozen virtual elementary and middle schools nationwide, in Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Minnesota, Ohio and a few other states. Some are run by for-profit companies like K12, which has 7,000 students nationwide, or Sylvan Ventures, based in Baltimore, which teaches 400 students in kindergarten through eighth grade through its Connections Academy subsidiary. Others are operated by state education officials themselves.


Reading Childrens Minds

Lee Hadden writes "There is an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal of May 20, 2003:
"MRIs Take a Look At Reading Minds: Brain Scans Show Changes,
Shedding Light on Dyslexia." By ROBERT MCGOUGH.

In research that may shed light on what goes wrong in the brains of
children with reading disabilities, scientists traced changes in the brains
of normal children as they increasingly rely on logic and word decoding to
read and less on visualization.
The imaging study helps set a baseline for what happens in
the brain as children become proficient adult readers. The approach may
eventually help researchers monitor how effectively various
reading-intervention strategies work.
They say the research also helps link specific reading skills developed over time
with specific regions of the brain. Children who have trouble with these
skills are at risk of having reading problems.
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Perry library branch to get $4,000 from H.S. students

Bob writes "A nice one from Ohio where Perry High School’s 24-member Student Council wants to help stock the shelves of a library, destroyed by arson nearly a year ago.
They’re donating $4,000 for new library books, DVDs and cassettes. At the end of each school year, the students give a gift to the school itself, Warstler said."


Simple Science Fairs Go the Way of the Dinosaurs

Jen Young noticed a NYTimes Article on the crazy competition in science fairs.
The simple fair of times past, when parents wielding encyclopedias turned the kitchen sink into a makeshift laboratory to help their children, has become a research extravaganza in which students armed with computers, electron microscopes and other powerful instruments explore ever more ambitious terrain.


YA Lit -- Not Just for Kids Anymore

"Sex, drugs, and other "problems of the month" persist as subjects of Young Adult books, but, according to booksellers who recently spoke to BTW, the YA field is growing more fantasy, getting more fuzzy about labeling, and appealing to more adults."

"It's gotten edgier," said Valerie Lewis, co-owner of 24-year-old Hicklebee's in San Jose, California. "The line between adults and young adults is thinner than ever."

"Instead of hinting at sexual situations, books are more explicit and detailed, she noted. YA stories used to refer to kissing until dawn. What was implied is now more explicit in detailing what went on until dawn." (from Bookselling this Week)


What book has made the greatest impact on your life?

Here\'s A Fun One from a newspaper in the Midwest.
They asked a bunch of middle school students what book has made the greatest impact on their lives. The answers are all over the map, from the Bible, \"The Little Engine That Could\", \"Wrest-ling, a Commitment to Excellence\", and of course, \"Green Eggs & Ham.\"
Ham I Am, words to live by.


Got Teen Readers? Manga Does

Rochelle Hartman writes \"This article from Publisher\'s Weekly gives the scoop on the YA passion for Japanese Manga. Manga, according to the article, features \"dynamic, eccentric and very often sexy illustrations in combination with fast-paced science fiction, adventure, fantasy and martial arts stories.\"

As a parent to two girls who love Yu-Gi-Oh!, Dragonball Z, and similar stuff, I have to admit that I don\'t get the appeal, but YA librarians, the hippest of our professional tribe, are on to it, and trying to keep YA sections stocked with manga, and other graphic material. \"


Giving reading a try

A Nice Little Story by a high school student says \"Reading is our ticket to and out of this world; no matter where a reader may be, as soon as the book is open, boundaries cease to exist and no sky is the limit.\"
She says there is virtually no excuse for avoiding an entire world of worlds found in books. She also points out \"The best part about reading is that there are no commercials – it\'s at your own pace, and although readers may find themselves believing otherwise, the story never starts without them.\"


Computers Help Eliminate Heavy Books

Here's An AP Story that says growing back pain complaints prompted a new California law limiting textbook weight. But some say assignments drawn from the Internet, "e-books" or CD-ROMs will be the real solution. New Jersey is also considering imposing a maximum textbook weight.
Officials there used money normally spent on textbooks for computers. The new school's first students — about 60 incoming freshmen — get assignments from such services as Questia, and Interactive Mathematics, curriculum on computer CD.
See also, School officials keeping eye on new backpacks for a low tech solution.



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