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Posted by Nan Austin on September 25, 2014
Read something naughty today – it’s Banned Book Week.
There are plenty of good reads to choose from. “The Great Gatsby,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Catcher in the Rye,” by J.D. Salinger and “The Grapes of Wrath,” by John Steinbeck were all banned at one time. Ernest Hemingway has three entries, including “A Farewell to Arms,” that was required reading during my days at Turlock High.
“The American Library Association promotes the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinions even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular, and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them,” notes the group’s banned book website, www.ala.org/bbooks/banned.
Posted by Nan Austin on September 18, 2014
WalletHub has judged Modesto the fifth-least-educated city in America. On the plus side, the quality of Modesto’s schools and colleges got a much higher rating.
Posted by Nan Austin on September 10, 2014
Are the hands-on projects and more student discussions promised under Common Core happening in your child’s class, and is your child doing well with the change? That’s the bottom line for parents, and an opportunity to find out is coming up with parent-teacher conferences, when you have the teacher’s full attention.
Posted by Nan Austin on September 3, 2014
A peek at museums 2.0 reveals a new mission for these institutions. In an online talk, Barry Joseph describes his work in education programs with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, starting with the idea that schools need to look far beyond giving every child a computer.
Posted by Nan Austin on August 27, 2014
This school year’s catch word seems to be collaboration. Expect to hear it over and over as teachers team up, students do group work and districts weigh ways to bring citizen input into the budgeting process. But collaboration does not always come easily. Expect to hear diverse opinions about how Common Core is going.
Posted by Nan Austin on August 20, 2014
These first weeks of school, reporter Nan Austin has been seeking out Common Core lessons to watch and get a feel for what has changed. Here are some notes that never made it into the stories.
Posted by Nan Austin on August 13, 2014
The cutting edge comes with a learning curve in educational technology. But ready or not, here we go into a world where the whiz-bang device isn’t the point. It’s what kids can do with them that matters.