NYTimes - The Ethicist - Addresses Librarians 'Helping' Kids with their Homework

kctipton writes "Here's the lastest 'The Ethicist' column as found in today's NYTimes. One of the posed questions has to do with being a librarian dunned to help with homework.

I am a reference librarian with a public library. Almost daily, parents ask for help with a child's school assignment. Sometimes the child accompanies the parent, but more frequently the parent comes to the library alone. I believe that it is unethical for a parent to basically do a child's homework, and I do not like aiding and abetting it. What should I do?

and the start of the reply:

Parents who do their children's work certainly are behaving badly, both ethically (by making their kids something akin to plagiarists) and pedagogically (by depriving them of a chance to learn to do research). Neither of these transgressions, however, is sufficient for you to withhold your services.

There's more that I didn't quote, so go read it!"


'Guys Read:' Encouraging Boys to Love Books

Anonymous Patron writes "Jon Scieszka has spent his adult life trying to encourage young boys to embrace the written word. The former teacher and the author of more than 20 children's books says treating boys and girls the same in school just doesn't work. NPR Has More And here's the Guys Read site"


Dolly Parton may help Hillsborough, Florida with books for children

Kathleen writes "Hillsborough County (which is near Florida's Disneyworld) is considering turning to Dollywood for books for the children of Hillsborough County. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library program has been suggested to the county.
The number of participating communities in the Imagination program continues to soar. At the close of the year 375 communities in 39 states now provide Dolly’s Imagination Library for their children. In December, for the first time ever, the number of children receiving books each month surpassed 100,000 and brought the yearly total of books to 980,000."


Children 'hooked on sugary food by books and games'

Maybe reading isn't so good for kids after all? Telegraph UK has a report that says Food manufacturers are using sophisticated tactics to market sweets, fast food and sugary breakfast cereals at children in their homes, the Food Commission pressure group said yesterday.

Following criticism of junk food adverts on television, youngsters are being exposed to marketing through story books, educational materials, toys and games.


NH School to donate $4,000 to rebuild libraries

Anonymous Patron writes "Portsmouth Herald Local News Reports The students at Little Harbour School have raised more than $4,000 for Room to Read, a nonprofit organization founded by a former Microsoft executive that has strengthened the education infrastructure in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Nepal, Vietnam and India."


Books are our Magic Eyes -- Greece celebrates International Children's Book Day 2005

Kathleen de la Pena McCook writes "The National Book Center of Greece celebrates International Children's Book Day at the Technopolis in Athens.

Their website
offers the best umage of the 2005 poster.
"The books are our magic eyes. They offer us knowledge and information and they guide us through difficulties and gnarled paths of life." That is the conclusion of this year's message, written by Manorama Jafa, one of the most important writers of children's book in India while the poster, inspired by the Indian mythology, was designed by Jagdish Joshi."


ONCE UPON A TIME-Hans Christian Andersen Bicentennial

Kathleen de la Pena McCook writes "ONCE UPON A TIME... The biggest television show ever in Denmark opens the bicentenary of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen on 2 April 2005, to be broadcasted from 9 - 11 pm.
More Information"


Unusual Library Visitor--Super Dooper Reading Yooper

In Escanaba (MI), children (and adults) around town are seeing a curious person, draped in a cape, heralded by Superman-theme music, stopping by the library, the meeting of the library board and a few other places around town.

Looks like a super-hero (of the reading variety), but the children of the Lemmer School in town have vowed to keep his identity a secret. But we want to know...
just who can that man be...


Popular Children's Authors and Illustrators on Television

Here's A Short Post on PNNOnline that says Public television viewers nationwide will get a glimpse into the work of well-known authors and illustrators in A Child's Bookshelf: Inside Children's Literature, a new two-part television series for parents and educators created to demonstrate ways families can engage children with literature.Produced by RIFNet, a distance learning service of Reading Is Fundamental, and distributed by the National Education Telecommunication Association, A Child's Bookshelf is currently running on public education stations nationwide. Parents and educators will also find additional resources, including an annotated bibliography for each of the authors and illustrators featured in the programs, on the RIF Web site.


Pupils make more progress in 3Rs 'without aid of computers'

Thomas Fuchs and Ludger Wossmann of Munich University have a new study out that claims to show The less pupils use computers at school and at home, the better they do in international tests of literacy and maths. This Telegraph Article has more, as does So Does /.. The study, published by the Royal Economic Society, said: "Despite numerous claims by politicians and software vendors to the contrary, the evidence so far suggests that computer use in schools does not seem to contribute substantially to students' learning of basic skills such as maths or reading."

I *think* This Page has the study. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

"Holding the other family-background characteristics constant,
students perform significantly worse if they have computers at home. This may reflect the fact
that computers at home may actually distract students from learning, both because learning
with the help of computers may not be the most efficient way of learning and because
computers can be used for other aims than learning."



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