Nan Austin Blog
Posted by Nan Austin on March 6, 2014
I played with wooden blocks and made mud pies in the dirt, but in today’s gender-ified toy selection, I might have have spent my formative years making tea in a Sweetheart Playhouse or building with little lady Legos in pinks and purples.
Talking to kids at Legos Day in the Turlock library brought these musings to mind. The classic building bricks, I learned, now have a marketing niche just for girls. Girls have Friends in the Lego world; boys have Heroes. Comparing castles, the fem-blocks version has pink walls, gold turrets, a big purple slide and a pet cat. Boys get sword-carrying knights and a dragon.
I think I would have gone for the dragon, but Karen Patel said she sees most girls making very different choices than boys the same age. “They’ll start building little gardens and little pools,” she said. Patel’s son Shilin, 16, volunteers his time and donated his Legos to the library. Donations have brought some pink and purple into the primarily gray, black and red collection.
Posted by Nan Austin on February 26, 2014
Downey High teens display heart for homeless, insight into social ills. Also, those applying for financial aid for next year face a March 2 deadline.
Posted by Nan Austin on February 20, 2014
New, online tests are coming up for about half of California’s students, giving schools and test makers a chance to work out the bugs.
Posted by Nan Austin on February 12, 2014
Modesto Junior College students have some strong communications going, Davis High changes are marching forward and proposed legislation would standardize child abuse mandated reporting.
Posted by Nan Austin on February 5, 2014
A potentially groundbreaking lawsuit seeks to overturn California statutes on tenure, seniority-based layoffs and tough dismissal protections. The picture plaintiffs are painting in the early days of the trial isn’t pretty.
Posted by Nan Austin on January 23, 2014
Districts will be seeking your opinion on how schools should spend their money, thanks to a requirement included in Proposition 30. Most are studying the process, but the Sylvan elementary district in north Modesto is gathering ideas now.
Posted by Nan Austin on January 15, 2014
Parents will converge on the Capitol today to rally for more stringent rules tying education funding to direct services for children.