Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The No. 1 spot on the list of frequently most challenged books for 2014 is...

...Captain Underpants

"I don't consider the books to be anti-authoritarian," he  [author Dave Pilky] says, "but I do think it is important, if you think something is wrong, to question authority — because, you know, there are villains in real life, and they don't always wear black capes and black hats. Sometimes they're dressed like authority figures. And kids need to know that it's important to question them."
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Too Graphic? 2014 Banned Books Week Celebrates Challenged Comics  from NPR

Monday, September 15, 2014

Blocked :(

The intentions of using Internet filters in schools are good of course, but they were created in times when it was still possible to shield students from the the dangers of the unknown. Better now is to take needed steps toward educating students about how to live responsibly and productively on the Internet. ...students excel at breaking through filters and accessing whatever they want through proxy servers. It is counterintuitive to move forward with new technology in schools while still holding on to older models of the division between what is potentially harmful and what holds educational value.

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Schools Should Be Teaching Kids How to Use the Internet Well
But outdated web filters make that mission quite difficultThe Atlantic

Monday, September 8, 2014

You can shape your life – take a step.

So many times I hear students and teachers make reference to the ‘REAL WORLD’.

“You’re going to need to know this when you get out in the real world.”

“I don’t need Shakespeare in the real world.”

The ‘real world’ seems to be some time in the future when actual life begins, for serious – after high school, after college, after moving out on your own. And it occurs to me that if you are waiting for real life to begin, you are wasting some pretty precious days and years of that life.

I encourage you to think of now – today – as your life and being at SC as the ‘real world’. Start living these days with some purpose. Own who and what you are. I’d like to suggest a book or two that might help you structure your days and find your purpose. You don’t have to set life goals to begin living your life; set some goals for this afternoon, tomorrow, for the week or month.

Take a look at Sean Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens; it even has a companion workbook to give you an opportunity to think about and practice those habits. Or Covey’s The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make (decisions you are actually beginning to make right now).

Try The Teen’s Guide to World Domination: advice on life, liberty and the pursuit of awesomenesss by Josh Shipp. This very entertaining book also can be personalized to your thoughts and experiences.

And, one of my favorite think-about-your-life books, The Road Less Travelled by Scott Peck. This one is a bit more philosophical but makes some excellent points about living in a more meaningful manner.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Welcome Back

From the Nov 19 2007 New Yorker Cover. Got time to spare? Try the New Yorker jigsaw puzzle. (That's where this image was discovered.)