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Love of books helps kids succeed in school, and life

SomeOne writes \"Here\'s a nice one that says kids would rather watch television or play sports and other activities than read. Too-busy parents often don\'t take the time to make reading to their children a priority, let alone sit back with a good book themselves.

In fact, only about half of children ages 3 to 5 have a book read to them by an adult each day. That\'s one reason why 40 percent of youngsters entering kindergarten are not prepared, the PR Newswire Association reports.


Tales of a Seventh-Grade Scare Tactic

Ellen writes \"This Slate Story
talks about what can go wrong in the kids\' section of a bookstore or library. They say the new books resemble Victorian tracts: moral tales where every action had to be met with an equal and opposite reaction. This new genre\'s marketing name is \"realistic fiction.\" On these shelves, children never enjoy any kind of unsupervised life without dire results. No one can misbehave or even take normal risks (lie to Mom, go out alone) without being made to realize what an awful mistake it was.



Point. Click. Think?

SomeOne writes \"This Washington Post Story about students Relying on the Internet for Research, while teachers Try to Warn of the Web\'s Snares

They call this the world of Net thinking, a form of reasoning that characterizes many students who are growing up with the Internet as their primary, and in some cases, sole source of research. Ask teachers and they\'ll tell you: Among all the influences that shape young thinking skills, computer technology is the biggest one.

See Also, a press release with some \"advice\" on shopping for students.


Jury: Anarchy club OK

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"Court TV will be broadcasting a story on this landmark case in WV. Local Charleston, WV teenager Katie Sierra won her battle to start an Anarchy Club at her local high school this fall, and won $1. Unfortunately, she lost her T-shirt battle.

Full Story \"


Bookstores Target Teen Readers

Charles Davis points to This Washington Post Story that talks about teenagers as the demographic that almost everyone in the book industry -- librarians, publishers, booksellers -- wants, and as the number of
teenagers in the population has risen, so has teen buying power for all
kinds of items, including books.


Inviting Teens to \'Chill-Out\' at the Library

In order to convince teens that libraries are cool, the Norfolk Public Library has created special \"Chill-Out Zones\" which include sofas, stereos and Playstation game consoles. Read More.


Kid Pelted With Jelly As Punishment for Refusing to Read

A Missouri eighth grader recently received some unusual punishment for refusing a reading assignment. His classmates threw jelly on him. He thought it was fun, and said he didn\'t feel degraded. His family had no problem with the punishment. The event has some others squawking, including a psychologist and some school board members. I can see the ad headline now: \"Kids misbehaving? How about a good ol\' fashioned jelly flogging?\" Read More.

Topic: reports: \"25% of [Iowa] school seniors read poorly.\"

Despite exceeding \"national norms,\" the reports that
of [Iowa] school seniors read poorly.
\"  The newspaper\'s
analysis of data collected by the state on student achievement also concluded

  • 32% of Iowa\'s fourth-graders \"were struggling readers.\"
  • 32% of Iowa\'s eighth-graders \"were below their grade level.\"
  • 30-38% of 11th-graders \"from Iowa\'s largest districts - Des Moines, Davenport,
    Sioux City, Dubuque, Waterloo and Council Bluffs.... struggled with reading.\"

The article notes a \"connection between dropout rates and reading skills,\"
and explains that in reponse to student\'s low test scores, high school
teachers in Des Moines \"attended classes on how to incorporate reading
instruction into their teaching.\"

-Hermit :-|


Banning Books Infringes upon My Rights, says 13-year-old

A 13-year-old Ozark, Missouri youth has written a letter to the editor of his local paper about censorship.

\"I am just fed up with this \"Potter\" controversy. While I strongly disagree with forbidding children from reading them, I have to agree that parents have the right to tell their child not to read them.\"


Living With The cut and paste generation

A Fun Little Story to remind all you kids out there not to cheat.

\"Teachers can tell the difference between what a child can create himself and what is written in an encyclopedia,\" Brown said. \"The teacher won\'t be fooled. That\'s the bottom line.\"

Whether or not the teacher can do anything about it is another story, I guess.



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