CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has added more recommended websites to Great Web Sites for Kids (www.ala.org/greatsites), its online resource containing hundreds of links to outstanding websites for children.
Confusion over what Canada's proposed new copyright bill would permit to be copied has left observers and stakeholders uncertain of its effects. The proposed change has provoked controversy on Parliament Hill -- where Bill C-32 recently passed second reading and is now before a legislative committee--and on school campuses, in boardrooms and in the offices of literary agents across the country.
At the Radisson Hotel in Richmond on Feb. 25 and 26, 2011, this is a professional development opportunity designed specifically for new teachers – those in their first five years of teaching, and for student teachers. The Call for Workshop Proposals is now open.
Education’s shrinking share of the BC budget and GDP, enrolment projections, specialist teacher losses, and other information is available in easy-to-read graphs and tables in the BCTF’s latest publication on education funding.
"We've lost 25 per cent of the teacher librarians in B.C. We've lost I think 20 per cent of the learning assistants; we've lost counselors, we've lost all those specialist non-enrolling teachers that used to provide interventions for children who are diagnosed with learning challenges. So we need to restore that capacity to the system," says Lambert.
"If you're not providing library services to students, they don't have access to literature and resources, then that's a skill that's not getting developed. That's a literacy skill that's not getting developed."
The federal government's proposal to make consumers liable for legal damages of up to $5,000 if they break digital locks to copy movies, video games and electronic books for their own personal use appears dead on arrival -- with all three opposition parties yesterday speaking out against this key provision of the Conservatives' copyright bill.
California schoolchildren are obliged to copy ideas, and it was copyright lobbyists who put them up to it.
Since 2006, the school system of a state dependent on a profitable entertainment industry has made it mandatory for teachers to run their students through programs like "What's the Diff?" which has them role-play as different stakeholders in the unauthorized downloading of a movie: actors, directors, producers against a feckless, hard-drive-stuffing computer user.
Monday will give kids the chance to drop everything and read with guys who usually start with a drop of a puck.
The Coquitlam Express junior A hockey club will mark National School Library Day on Monday with two events at the Coquitlam Public Library called the Drop Everything and Read Challenge.
Saskatoon education authorities are taking an almost biblical "love the sinner, and maybe hate the sin" attitude toward this sort of thing. And they're defending it as a way of aiding kids to meet curriculum goals by putting the emphasis on learning rather than behaviour.
A couple of summers back a young school librarian, fresh out of library school, asked a very honest question at one of our state retreats:
We’re all doing different stuff. The other school librarians I know are not doing what I am doing. Some maintain Web sites and blogs; others do not. Some have seriously retooled; others have not. In the 21st century, what does a school librarian do?
As students head back to school this fall, many teachers, professors and parents find themselves worrying about student honesty in a way that they never have before. Part of the a blame lies with a widely discussed recent article in the New York Times, which reported that 40% of university students admitted to copying work without acknowledgment and more than 70% thought that "copying from the Web" was not a serious form of academic dishonesty.
Lesson plans include prerequisites, rationale, essential concepts, and descriptions of related National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) and are designed for beginner, intermediate, or advanced levels, aimed at middle school and secondary students.
It weighs in at more than 130 pounds, but the authoritative guide to the English language, the Oxford English Dictionary, may eventually slim down to nothing. Oxford University Press, the publisher, said Sunday so many people prefer to look up words using its online product that it's uncertain whether the 126-year-old dictionary's next edition will be printed on paper at all.
The launch of a new website changes all that today. The Ties That Bind: Building the CPR, Building a Place in Canada (www.mhso.ca/tiesthatbind)documents the seldom-told story of Chinese immigrants and their role in creating the Canada we share today. A project by the Foundation to Commemorate the Chinese Railroad Workers in Canada, the Multicultural History Society of Ontario and Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the website provides a virtual exhibit that explores the history of Chinese-Canadians, the railroad workers and their long struggle to find equality.
Searching for information is NOT like trolling for fish. You know the saying: "Give a man a fish and you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish and you have fed him for life." Answer someone's question, and most likely they'll go away for today. Teach someone how to search for the answer, and they'll continually hunger for more.
Val Dare, the program's founding co-ordinator, says it all began in the mid-1990s. Now retired, the former teacher/librarian for Britannia secondary and member of the arts advocacy committee for the Vancouver school board visited ArtsCan, an annual showcase for artists who want to perform in schools. There, Victoria-based band Marimba Mazuva had brought literature on how to build a marimba.
The introduction of long-awaited copyright reform legislation has generated considerable discussion among Canadians about whether the latest bill strikes the right balance. While concern over Bill C-32's digital lock rules has garnered the lion share of attention with expressions of concern from all opposition parties and a wide range of stakeholders, the other major issue in the bill is the extension of fair dealing -- Canada's version of fair use -- to cover education, parody, and satire.
The rising popularity of electronic books is boosting membership at libraries in the Lower Mainland, officials say.
E-books can be downloaded to an electronic reader or to a personal computer and offer a feature that saves forgetful book borrowers those pesky late fees — they "return" themselves after three weeks by being automatically erased from the devices.
"In Google we trust." That may very well be the motto of today's young online users, a demographic group often dubbed the "digital natives" due their apparent tech-savvy. Having been born into a world where personal computers were not a revolution, but merely existed alongside air conditioning, microwaves and other appliances, there has been (a perhaps misguided) perception that the young are more digitally in-tune with the ways of the Web than others.
The Hong Kong Book Fair, which draws as many as 900,000 visitors annually, opened Wednesday with a new element: a section on electronic publishing.
The weeklong event, the largest of its kind in the Chinese-speaking market, is still largely about selling print books, which are carted away in canvas sacks and rolling suitcases. But companies dealing in e-books and related media are trying to change that.
Teachers and school boards should embrace comic books and graphic novels as a "gateway" literature, helping children transition towards more complex narratives and helping boys catch up with girls in reading achievement, according to a new study.
The study, released Wednesday by the Canadian Council on Learning, reveals how comic books help develop a child's ability to follow a sequence of events, interpret symbols, predict what will happen next and connect narratives to the reader's own experiences. Moreover, comics and graphic novels can help bridge the learning gap between boys and girls.
Emma Teitgen, 12, thought the chemistry book her teacher recommended would make perfect bedside reading. Perfect because it might help her fall asleep.
Then she downloaded "The Elements: A Visual Exploration" to her iPad. Instead of making her drowsy, it blossomed in her hands. The 118 chemical elements, from hydrogen to ununoctium, came alive in vivid images that could be rotated with a swipe of the finger.
Watching Jimmy, a young adult novel by Toronto's Nancy Hartry, and A Thousand Years of Pirates, a nonfiction book by William Gilkerson of Mahone Bay, N.S., have each earned two nominations for Canadian Children's Literature Awards.
Nominations of writers from across Canada in five categories were released on Thursday by the Canadian Children's Book Centre.
Recently, book publishers got some good news. Researchers gave 852 disadvantaged students 12 books (of their own choosing) to take home at the end of the school year. They did this for three successive years.
Hiding math formulas under a calculator or stealing a glance at a classmate's test paper are now ancient ways to cheat as students across the country admit they turn to the Internet in a "virtual explosion of classroom cheating," a study reveals.
Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid is right. The latest results from FSA tests assessing reading, writing and numeracy skills in Grades 4 and 7 show a need for improvement.
But it's disappointing that five years after the government committed to make B.C. "the best educated, most literate place in North America," the minister is not putting forward specific proposals or pilot projects to address the gaps revealed -- year after year -- by the tests.
Students and teachers at Campbellford's Kent Public School are all smiles recently after receiving word the school will have an extra $115,000 over the next three years to buy books and provide other literacy-related programming.
Here's a quick question. Where do you turn to find an answer?
For the past four years, British Columbians have been able to get answers from a remarkable service known as AskAway. It pooled the efforts of public libraries across B.C., thanks to seed money from the provincial government, and put the collective reference desk at your fingertips six days a week.
This is the day B.C.'s libraries pull the plug on the AskAway! Program, which let patrons from all over the province ask questions of librarians online, in real time, and receive an immediate answer.
The provincial plan for libraries and literacy, set out in Gordon Campbell's 2004 strategic planning document Libraries Without Walls, was to bring the "world within the reach" of anyone with Internet access (and a card to a B.C. library).
Libraries are expanding e-book offerings with out-of-print editions, part of a broader effort to expand borrowing privileges in the Internet Age that could challenge traditional ideas about copyright.
Starting Tuesday, a group of libraries led by the Internet Archive, a nonprofit digital library, are joining forces to create a one-stop website for checking out e-books, including access to more than a million scanned public domain books and a catalog of thousands of contemporary e-book titles available at many public libraries.
At his Kentucky elementary school, kids taunted Brent on the playground about being gay, whatever that was. By eighth grade, he realized what they meant and came out to a friend — and vice versa.
She was an avid writer, he a voracious reader. They headed to their school library in search of stories that spoke to their lives: gay, gay in the South, gay and fearing stereotypes like "disgusting" and "worthless."
The question is a vital one. Indeed it wouldn't be too dramatic to say the question relates ultimately to your continued employment.
When you do a concerted analysis, you'll find there is a dramatic difference between a 'school library' and an information services unit, a difference that has to do with both perception and the actual situation, which sees one disappearing and the other continuing to play a significant role in the education of the young.
THE rush by schools to use Building the Education Revolution funds to build or upgrade libraries has highlighted an estimated shortage of teacher librarians of between 2500 and 3000, according to the Australian School Library Association.
“Despite what you may have read,” said PublicAffairs founder Peter Osnos, moderator of the Future of Book publishing panel at Untethered, New York’s newest digital publishing conference, “ book publishing is not in deep crisis. We haven’t lost advertisers or subscribers because we never had them.”
A book reading at an Ottawa elementary school by children's author Kevin Bolger was cut short Tuesday when the principal objected to its language, says Sean Wilson, artistic director of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, the organization behind the event.
This spring, within a week’s time, two things happened that made me angry. The first was the release of scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) that showed African American 4th graders in Wisconsin (most of whom live in Milwaukee) had the lowest reading scores in the nation. Despite the limitations of such tests, the results confirmed what many educators already knew: Way too many Milwaukee children are not reading at an acceptable level.
The second was the district’s announcement of major cuts to local school budgets for next year.
That's what libraries mean to me: the library in my elementary school that was so air-conditioned you needed a sweater to read there; the public library in Alhambra I walked my nephews to every day most
summers (the novelty of renting videos back then!); and of course, the city libraries my kids and I visit these days for their fun and free events - from "Star Wars" parties to pajama storytimes - in Arcadia, Duarte and Pasadena to Glendora and Azusa.
Libraries grow readers and a foundation for a lifetime of success. Literally.
Re: Getting Over Easy Rider, Lorne Gunter, June 2.
I was enjoying Lorne Gunter’s analysis of Easy Rider in my morning National Post when I was caught short by this sentence: “The teens who were prompted by its anti-establishment message to pledge themselves to change the world are today school librarians and public broadcasting technicians living in suburban bungalows, looking around the next bend at pensionability and wondering whether to open a B&B in Niagara.”
Yikes! Now there’s a sweeping stereotype! I know he was trying to humorously make a point about becoming the essence of establishment self-focus. But clearly, he has not met many school librarians, nor does he fully appreciate what they do every day
As a writer of children’s literature, I have had the great privilege of spending time with hundreds of school librarians across North America — from Nunavut to New Brunswick, from the Jane-Finch Corridor in the GTA to Lima, Peru.
Virtually every single one of the people I met are still honouring that pledge to change the world.
Don’t be fooled by the prim reading-glasses-on-chains cartoon image.
Teacher-librarians are true revolutionaries, trying to change and improve society by empowering the most vulnerable members of society: children. School librarians are professionally committed to freedom of thought and speech, and to the notion that teaching kids how to learn is the root of all education. If that’s not progressive, I don’t know what is.
Helaine Becker, Toronto.
Like Lorne Gunter, I have always been unimpressed with the self-righteous inanity of Easy Rider. However, “the teens who were inspired to change the world” actually did contribute greatly to a decrease in racism and sexism in our society, as well as being instrumental in bringing an insane war to an end.
If some of them are now school librarians and public broadcasting technicians, are those professions less valuable to our society than, say, print journalism?
The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques (CLA) finds much to applaud in the government’s newly announced copyright legislation, Bill C-32.
“Canadians will appreciate the expansion of fair dealing to include parody, satire, and education,” says CLA President John Teskey, “and with some important modifications to the provisions on digital locks, this bill addresses a number of the concerns brought forward by librarians across the country.”
CLA is heartened that Bill C-32 gives users some new rights, but is disappointed that longstanding rights, the heart of copyright’s balance, as well as the new rights, are all tempered by the over-reach of digital locks.
In essence, the bill protects digital locks so they cannot be circumvented for legal uses. The government has, perhaps unwittingly, placed a barrier to the bill’s achievement of its objective to promote innovation and support culture, by prohibiting Canadians from exercising their legitimate, statutory rights to copy material for research, study and education. Fortunately, this can be corrected by simply allowing circumvention for legal purposes.
CLA is pleased that Canadians with perceptual disabilities will have use of material in accessible formats imported from other jurisdictions. The bill clarified that importation of such materials would not constitute infringement.
“While the additional fair dealing uses, limitations on liability, and the ability to import accessible formats give CLA reason for initial optimism,” adds Teskey, “we will review the bill thoroughly and formulate a detailed response.”
As well, the bill’s attempt to be technologically neutral appears to be incomplete, leaving parts of the Copyright Act still based on various media.
CLA will be looking for format neutral language to facilitate the library’s role in providing access and in preserving Canada’s cultural heritage.
CLA is also mindful that in previous rounds of copyright reform, user rights became significantly eroded as the bill went through the committee review process. The library community will be vigilant and engaged in the process to ensure that the gains to Canadian users will not be undermined and derailed as the bill moves through its review.
The Canadian Association for School Libraries is pleased to announce
Pat Parungao, Teacher-Librarian,GladstoneSecondary School,Vancouver, B.C. as the 2010 recipient of the Follett International Teacher Librarian of the Year Award
The Canadian Association for School Libraries honours, through this award, a school-based teacher-librarian who has made an outstanding contribution to school librarianship withinCanadathrough planning and implementing school library programs, based on a collaborative model which integrates library and classroom programs.
Pat has been a teacher-librarian since 1982 and is recognized as an outstanding teacher-librarian, consultant, writer, professor, and advocate for school libraries and learning in her district and province. She works collaboratively with a wide variety of teachers atGladstoneSecondary Schoolto create teaching units and projects around assessment for learning, literacy, and curriculum. Her colleagues, supervisors, and administrators (in K-12 and post-secondary) praise her highly for her work.
Throughout her career, Pat has demonstrated her passion for libraries and learning and she “believes strongly that students benefit when they have teacher-librarians who develop school library programs and who are qualified in teacher-librarianship”. Within her district, Pat has worked as a teacher-librarian in both elementary and secondary school libraries, as a Teacher-Librarian Consultant, and as a Cooperative Program Planning and Teaching Resource teacher (ESL emphasis).
In the K-12 division, Pat has contributed to key initiatives in the province of British Columbia from information and technology skills development, critical thinking, cultural diversity and bibliography publications such as, Canada’s Year of Asia Pacific Multicultural Bibliography. She has written many articles in professional publications and she has co-presented at various workshops, including the BCTF Program Against Racism workshops, Cultural Diversities – Literary Gifts based on the annotated bibliography.
At the post-secondary level, she has written, designed, and taught courses at theUniversityofBritish Columbiaonline and face-to-face which includes the UBC Information Literacy Project for teacher candidates in the Faculty of Education.
As a teacher-librarian, educator and advocate, Pat has been a dedicated, active member in professional associations such as VTLA (Vancouver), BCTLA (British Columbia), CASL (Canadian Association for School Libraries), BC Library Association and BC Coalition for School Libraries. She is also a recipient of a provincial award.
Pat Parungao is an exemplary teacher-librarian, who is very deserving of the 2010 Follett International Teacher-Librarian of the Year Award.
Media Contact: Dianne Leong-Fortier, CASL Councillor, Awards Chair, Selection Committee
Writer Roy MacSkimming chronicled this country's publishing history in his much-lauded book The Perilous Trade (2003), but until now no in-depth study of children's publishing in Canada has existed. Gail Edwards and Judith Saltman explore this often-fascinating industry in a new book, Picturing Canada: A History of Canadian Children's Illustrated Books and Publishing.
After years of domination by teen fiction, a resurgence in quality writing for younger children has packed the line-up for this year's Guardian children's fiction prize with stories for the under-10s, full of ogres, wolves and mysterious Green Men.
There were no computers in public libraries when Vancouver city librarian Paul Whitney began his career in Burnaby in 1974. Visitors and staff searched for items in card catalogue. One branch didn't know what was in the collection of another branch.
Budget discussions continued at last week’s Sea to Sky School Board meeting, with Chair Rick Price announcing that “it’s not going to be difficult for us to achieve a balanced budget, but not a happy budget. We are not able to provide all the services we wish for our students.”
After having announced on April 14 that staffing levels and wages would be frozen as a result of belt tightening at the provincial level, Price last Wednesday (May 12) said about future budgets, “The most effective advocate to get more money for public education is through parents at the B.C. Schools Trustees Association.”
After the recent cuts in hours, representatives of the Teacher Librarian Association made a presentation to the board at its meeting at Whistler Secondary School titled “Schools without libraries are at risk of becoming irrelevant.”
Public and school libraries across British Columbia, Canada, are for the first time offering an e-book collection made up of nonfiction works by local publishers.
The project started in 2007, when a consortium of library organizations and publishers launched BC Books Online to provide the entire province with a digital collection of books published in British Columbia.
International Association of School Librarians (IASL), has a newly published document on the importance of school libraries. Attached is an international proclamation for the establishment of school libraries entitled 'A Library For Every School': (see also http://www.ensil.eu).
You may wish to adapt and use it in your own jurisdictions. The proclamation is intended to help others around the world to advocate school libraries. The word version can be used to sign yourself and send it to whomever you think needs to read this.
Take a typical classroom of 25 pupils, anywhere in Canada. At the back, seven boys and girls slouch in their seats, unable to understand most of what they read, or to express their thoughts in writing. The problem of poor literacy skills is a scandal in plain view.
At some point the schools have to say, Enough. Enough pretending that poor readers are actually benefiting from social studies or novel studies or even science or mathematics. Enough of this charade of teaching and learning.
While the 2010/2011 budget for the school district is not official, it is apparent that deep cuts have had to be made in order to present a balanced budget to the ministry. All over the district, teachers are reeling at the impact these cuts will have in the classroom, and they are wondering how it can be “business as usual” next September.
Several programs and services will not be available to students next year. Adapted physical education classes for special needs students are gone completely. Primary guided reading classes have been cut from some schools.
Teacher librarian time in the secondary schools has been cut by 50 per cent, and in elementary schools, the time has also been reduced. Choir and music programs are either cut completely or reduced in schools. Special education time has been significantly reduced in most schools. In secondary schools, some elective classes have been cut, such as French 12 and Calculus 12.
Parents should be asking the administrators at their child’s school which services and programs will remain for next year. They may be very surprised with the answer.
Increasing numbers of children are starting school without having been read to. But which are the books to get them – and keep them – hooked? Lucy Mangan introduces our guide to the best. So whether it's to fight the White Witch or snuggle up with the Moomins, make yourself comfy . . .
The Young Adults and Children’s Section of the British Columbia Library Association (YAACS) would like to add its voice in support of the BC Teacher-Librarians' Association’s call to school boards to reconsider reductions of learning specialistsincluding teacher librarians in many British Columbia school districts.
A national inquiry into school libraries heard evidence last week to suggest that teacher-librarians are a dying breed. While the Rudd Government is building thousands of libraries as part of the $16 billion ''building the education revolution'', experts warn there will be no one to staff them.
Out of the more than 69 teaching positions recommended for elimination, 21.2 are held by non-enrolling teachers. These include English-as-a-second-language teachers who work with children of immigrant families, and secondary-school counsellors who deal with students in distress.
Teacher librarians are also included in the 43 positions that may be cut. It is for this reason that Carrie Bercic and her daughter Sarah attended the rally. Bercic is the chair of the parent advisory council at Eric Hamber secondary school, where Sarah is in Grade 8.
On Tuesday, the district presented its revised preliminary budget proposal based on comments and lobbying from the public, staff, student and parent groups. The proposal reflects the additional $1.79 million from the adjusted budget shortfall, which dropped from $18.12 to $16.33 million.
It reduced the proposed teacher cuts by 25.9 full-time equivalent positions. Most are under the non-enrolling teacher category, which includes librarians, counsellors, ESL and special education teachers. "This is still a management budget, our senior management recommendations to us based on feedback and some input from us," Bacchus explained.
We have taken for granted that a school library is a place to borrow books and to learn how to access information. In some schools in Chilliwack, and across the province, this will not be the case come September, if the provincial government has its way.
April 29, 2010, (Ottawa, ON) – The Canadian Library Association (CLA) and its school library division, the Canadian Association for School Libraries (CASL), has expressed dismay and alarm at the erosion of funding for education in British Columbia. This erosion is pushing districts into making cutbacks to personnel and programs to balance their budgets, resulting in the elimination of professional teacher-librarians in many schools in British Columbia. Teacher-librarians are those professional teachers who teach curriculum based information literacy skills to students at the elementary and secondary level.
Linda Shantz-Keresztes, President of CASL asks, “How can basic literacies and the essential new literacies of our digital world be achieved without qualified teacher-librarians in BC schools?”
Studies across North America for the last fifteen years have consistently demonstrated that students in schools with effective school library programs supported by teacher-librarians experience greater academic success than those in schools with no such programs and professional teaching.
In 2008 the Minister of Education in British Columbia stated at the Pan Canadian Literacy Forum in Vancouver that: “I am personally proud that British Columbia is the lead jurisdiction for literacy in our country.”
Parents in BC have to ask some hard questions. Do they want to abandon libraries and literacy programs in public schools, or do they urge the British Columbia government to recognize the importance of literacy education, school libraries and the essential role of teacher librarians in preparing B.C. students to be lifelong learners.
John Teskey, President of the CLA, urges the BC government to reconsider these cutbacks and to fund school library programs and hire qualified teacher librarians.
I read with interest the education minister’s letter published on this page recently.
Amusingly, she characterized her letter as a clarification of an earlier letter and defended her government’s current funding of our public schools. As an exercise in political spin it was the same tired stuff parents have been hearing from a succession of ministers denying responsibility for their actions in degrading our schools.
Here is some advice to the minister. Given your government’s lack of credibility around your pre-election budget and the deceptive introduction of the HST no one is buying what you are spinning on the education front.
We see class size going up, services to kids being cut, librarians disappearing and you being misleading about your role in properly funding one of the most vital public services we can provide to our children.
A doctor such as yourself should remember your oath: first do no harm.
Jamie Greene, a school librarian at Hugh Cole Elementary School in Warren, RI, and president of the Rhode Island Educational Media Association (RIEMA), testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) today in a hearing titled, “ESEA Reauthorization: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student.”
THE national supply of professional librarians in schools is diminishing and the concern will be raised in Sydney tomorrow at the first hearing of a national inquiry into how school libraries are staffed.
Federal Education Minister Julia Gillard has directed the House of Representatives committee on education and training to report on ''role, adequacy and resourcing'' of school libraries and teacher librarians in public and private schools.
Carrie Mac, who writes for teenagers and is also a paramedic, won the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize for The Gryphon Project.
Dean Griffiths, Duncan-based illustrator of the picture book Maggie Can't Wait, accepted the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize for himself and author Frieda Wishinsky, who lives in Toronto.
At least two school boards in Quebec say they are pulling from the shelves of primary school libraries a French book that describes Quebecers as poutine-eating square-dancers who like nothing better than to use religiously inspired swear words. The book, Kathryn, Sebastien et Virginie vivent au Canada (Kathryn, Sebastien and Virginie Live in Canada), is part of a series dedicated to instructing youngsters about how other children live elsewhere on the planet. "We're withdrawing [the books], but they could be the topic of a class lecture in which a teacher instructs students [about] how they have to be careful about stereotypes," said Jean-Francois Parent, spokesman for the Quebec City-area Premieres-Seigneuries School Board.
The sound you hear is the closing doors of school libraries around B.C. School libraries are the one resource available to every child in public schools. They are stocked with good books to entice children to read and resources that match the curriculum. These resources aren't just in print, but include online databases, such as encyclopedias.
In a good education system, these resources are bought and managed by a trained teacher-librarian who can guide students to the best books and the most accurate information.
The Internet is a wilderness full of wonderful and stupid information. Porn and pedophiles lurk around the corner. Students need to be taught how to find their way and how to judge the information they want to use.
Why are there no provincial standards any more? How long is your child's library going to be open next year? Who is running it -- a parent? A clerk? No one? I thought we were going to be the most literate place on Earth?
Parents wondering how far their children will go in school need only gaze into their home libraries.
In a groundbreaking study of more than 73,000 people in 27 nations, researchers found that children with at least 500 books -- whether Shakespeare or Seuss -- went an average 3.2 years further in school than kids in similar homes that had only a few books.
This story illustrates just why we need libraries and librarians in our society.
The right is rewriting history.
The most ballyhooed effort is under way in Texas, where conservatives have pushed the state school board to rewrite guidelines, downplaying Thomas Jefferson in one high school course, playing up such conservatives as Phyllis Schlafly and the Heritage Foundation, and challenging the idea that the Founding Fathers wanted to separate church and state.
...But he said the new curriculum for the generation of "digital kids" is improving rapidly.
He pointed out there have been many studies showing that online learning is at least as effective as what's now in place. "And not only that, it really does allow kids to progress at their own rate," he said.
Player questioned why there needed to be so many school libraries...
British Columbia's teacher-librarians were among the first groups to protest school board budget cuts in Vancouver and Coquitlam.
On the blog of Heather Daly, president of the BCTLA, a new post reported that "The B.C. Teacher-Librarians' Association is appalled at recent proposed budget recommendations made in Vancouver and Coquitlam