Thursday, February 25, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
The Monroe County Community School Corporation is currently considering cutting a TON of school resources, including some to ALL of school libraries. Unfortunately, the sad-looking future of the school libraries here isn't anything special; similar cuts are being seriously considered all over the state of Indiana, and all over the country.
What's so sad about legislators thinking they can easily make budget cuts by getting rid of school libraries is that they don't realize what a positive impact school libraries have on schools' students. Cathy Collins, herself a school librarian in California (in a school district contemplating cuts), wrote this fantastic opinion piece really demonstrating the value inherent to a school library.
At a time when the sad state of education in our nation is almost always in the news, can we really afford to get rid of this necessary resource in our schools? Do we really want to be taking information access away from students? I certainly hope not.
Posted by Amy at 3:25 PM
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Today at work, a girl came in to talk about her paper about why Waiting for Godot is an Absurdist play. She said she had already outlined her paper, and that she was coming to a writing session as a formality. We chatted a bit, and then I suggested a paper like this:
Write about how Waiting for Godot is an Absurdist play.
I'm waiting for Godot.
That's it. That's all the paper would say. So what if the assignment has a 4-6 page guideline?
Was that unprofessional of me to say?
(If it was unprofessional, it probably didn't help that I also mentioned the factoid that Samuel Beckett used to drive Andre the Giant to school. For realsies.)
Posted by Amy at 8:29 PM
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Sorry I've been MIA for a bit; somehow I got sucked into classical children's literature and the Super Bowl last week, and this week has totally sped by. But, hopefully, these interesting stories will help make up for my absence:
1) The New York Public Library (love it!) has launched a historical geography site that allows anyone (=you!) to go access a whole slew of maps, historical and not, for some really interesting comparisons. See how cities develop!
2) The National Archives now has its own Flickr page, on which viewers like you can browse through photos of seminal moments and seminal people in US history.
Posted by Amy at 12:41 PM