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  • feedwordpress 08:01:18 on 2015/10/01 Permalink
    Tags: ALA, AP History, , , , , , schools,   

    “Don’t join the book burners… Don’t be afraid to go in your library and read every book”*… 


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    The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) receives reports from libraries, schools, and the media on attempts to ban books in communities across the country, from which they compile lists of challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools.

    From Persepolis and The Kite Runner to The Bluest Eye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower  the top ten most frequently challenged books of 2014.

    * Dwight D. Eisenhower

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    As we celebrate Banned Book Week by taking the General’s advice, we might recall that it was on this date last year that thousands of students in Jefferson County, Colorado stayed home to protest School Board action that “edited” the District’s AP History curriculum to “promote patriotism” and not to “encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law.”  Two days later, the School Board backed down.

    Student protestors (who will, one hopes, be catching up in spelling class on their return to school)

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  • feedwordpress 09:01:12 on 2015/02/13 Permalink
    Tags: Boston Latin, , , , , public school, schools,   

    “The human animal differs from the lesser primates in his passion for lists”*… 


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    Our friends at Public Domain Review have gone all Buzzfeed on us, creating a collection of lists that runs from “7 types of drunkard” through “114 proved plans to save a busy man time” and “9 types of newspaper adverts with a sexual purpose,” to “162 recorded sightings of sea serpents from 1522 – 1890.”  Enjoy them all at “17 Numbered Lists from History.”

    “17 numbered lists that will restore your faith in humanity, specifically in its ability to make numbered lists.”

    * H. Allen Smith

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    As we enumerate, we might pause to celebrate the founding of Boston Latin School, both the first public school and oldest existing school in the United States.  As the town records of Boston report:

    On the 13th of the second month, 1635…At a Generall meeting upon publique notice…it was…generally agreed upon that our brother Philemon Pormort shall be intreated to become scholemaster for the teaching and nourtering of children with us

    Formally opened in April of that year, the school has produced four Harvard presidents, four Massachusetts governors, and five signers of the United States Declaration of Independence.  Benjamin Franklin and Louis Farrakhan are among its better-known dropouts.  Current students aver that Harvard College, founded a year later in 1636, was created for Boston Latin’s first graduates.

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