Young Adults

The Grinch steals the classroom

Bob Cox writes:
Only a Liberryian.....


A Nice Story about a Liberryian who got all
dressed up as \"The Grinch\". \'Tis the season, after
all.

\"It takes an hour-and-a-half, but today, I got it down
to an hour and 10 minutes,\" he said. \"And then when I get
home, it\'s another hour to get it all off.\"

Librarians and Gifted Readers

Another google find is Librarians and Gifted Readers by Debbie Abilock.

\"Gifted readers comprise a unique population whose advocates should be librarians. Influenced to some extent by both biology and culture, gifted readers display a complex understanding of written language, knowledge of one or more subjects, and masterful control of a number of skills that allow them to navigate effectively through various texts. While gifted readers always show linguistic intelligence, other intelligences are invoked in response to the demands of particular texts. The cognitive characteristics associated with gifted children interact with specific aptitudes, intelligences, and strategies to create a \"final, integrated performance,\" much like that of a gifted violinist, that can bestow life-long pleasure and rewards to both the performer and our society.\"

Too Little Cheating in Schools?

Euro
pean School Net
has an interesting Story on what kids are learning
in school. They say teachers should encourage their classes
to \'steal\' information from many sources, including each
other, if they are to learn real-life research skills. They
talk about the \"ICT And Assessment In The Compulsory
School\", and a rather interesting 2 day long test.

Understaffing in Ontario’s Elementary School Libraries

The CLA is Reporting on a staff shortage across the river in Ontario. Ontario’s elementary school libraries are so understaffed that many are open only five hours per week.

\"The results of the survey, which has been conducted annually since 1998, show that the number of libraries in Ontario staffed by teacher-librarians has declined by 15 per cent over the last three years (for more details, see (The Report). And according to the report, constraints in the provincial funding formula have caused a number of boards to eliminate teacher-librarians altogether. Not surprisingly, the survey also found that the trend toward volunteer staffing of libraries has continued.\"

Ontario, Canada, that is. It\'s lovely this time of year.

Should Young Children Use Computers?

A while back we posted a report published by the
Alliance for Childhood questioning
computer use by young children For those interested in
or in
need of support regarding appropriate computer use
by young children,
David Thornburg has a response on PBS.org.

\"What I DO have a problem with is the assertion
that computer use in school is designed to take the
place of these other activities. I have never visited a
school where children were not engaged in physical
play, art, and adult contact, even when these schools
are loaded to the gills with high-tech! Properly used,
technology just becomes another powerful tool for
learning. But the assertion of these authors is that we
have abandoned human contact for virtual worlds. \"

Media Centers Get Pinched

Sun-Sentinel.com has a Story on cuts in FL school library media centers. The cut backs in school funding are hitting the libraries hard. They talk about the Library Research Service in Colorado study that showed test scores were 18 percent higher in elementary schools and 10 to 15 percent higher in secondary schools with strong media centers.

\"We want to do the right thing and shrink classes, but who picks up those breaks?\" Correll said. \"It\'s awful, and it\'s not going to get any better.\"

Profanity in books of concern in Santa Fe

The Houston
Chronicle
has a Story on a TX town that is trying to
figure out how to keep books that include vulgar words
out of classrooms.

The district\'s school libraries already require parental
permission for children to check out books from author
J.K. Rowling\'s you know what series. They say they put
the policy in place to give parents who don\'t want their
children reading such material a way to prevent
it.

\"\"In today\'s public schools, there seem to be a
lot of books creeping in that have four-letter profanity in
them,\" board member John Couch said. \"We happened
to discover some in the fifth and sixth grades, and we\'re
concerned that that kind of language is getting past
some of the teachers and into the hands of students.

Responsibility for the children

Mary Ann Meyers has written an excellent piece on
childrens privacy.

\"Last Thursday I posted a response to Rory
Litwin\'s \"Editor\'s Note\" in
the current issue of *Library Juice*.
In
writing about intellectual freedom Rory posed
questions about \"freedom
from information.\" His insights provoked a response
from me, in part,
about the question of the rights of children. In addition,
because of
recent PubLib discussions about visual sex in libraries
and about the
ALA wrestler poster, I have been thinking about the
library profession\'s
stance (if any) on the differences (if any) between
textual and
graphical information. So I was glad to see this posting
about PamForce\'s article on
*LISNews*.\"

She goes on to share her ideas on
children\'s privacy, and responds to the original article
by Pam Force. -- Read More

Teachers Question Critical Study of Classroom Computers

NY Times has a Story on a new study underwritten by the Alliance for Childhood-- \"Fools Gold: A Critical Look at Computers in Childhood\" – says there is not enough research into the impact computers could have on the developing minds and bodies of young children. Not suprisingly, teachers are not too happy about the study.

\"With some kids, it\'s a way for them to get excited and learn,\" said Beth Lang who teaches second and third grades at Lakewood Elementary School in Overland Park, Kansas. \"To me, it\'s just like a book. It\'s such a part of our everyday use.\"


One of the Alliance for Childhood\'s objectives :\"To reduce children\'s growing dependance on electronic media\". Is that an indication of bias?

Board Members Drop Insurance to Buy Library

I Almost started to cry after reading This One from the Fresnobee. In Fresno County, CA school board members have done \"a very noble thing.\" They voluntarily dropped the health insurance they got as a benefit and pumped it into a new school library. These folks deserve a medal. What has your shool board done for you lately?

\"\"We all knew there was a need,\" says board president Lupe Zuniga. \"We couldn\'t figure out why no one ever figured this out before.\" -- Read More

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