Tuesday, March 18, 2008

2 Million Minutes

Two Million Minutes

The documentary by Robert Compton compares and contrasts the education experiences of six students; two from each of the countries of India, China, and the United States.

. . . Two Million Minutes until high school graduation. . . Two Million Minutes to build their intellectual foundation. . . Two Million Minutes to prepare for college and ultimately career. . . Two Million Minutes to go from a teenager to an adult.

Interview with Robert Compton on Q&A on CSPAN

Read On @ Your Local Library:

Tough Choices or Tough Times: The Report of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce by National Center on Education and the Economy - Wiley, John & Sons, 2008
~ shows how the dynamics of the global economy will lead to a steady decline in the American standard of living if this country does not undertake the first thorough overhaul of its education system in a century.

Last Good Job In America: Work and Education in the New Global Technoculture by Stanley Aronowitz - Rowman & Littlefield, 2008
~ one of the nation's leading critics of education, the world of work, and the labor movement shows how new technologies, labor, and education all are deeply intertwined in our culture and everyday lives

Higher Education in the World 2008
by Global University Network for Innovation - Palgrave Macmillan, 2008
~ annual report explores in depth the key issues facing Higher Education institutions in the 21st Century

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Library Services & Technology Act Funding


Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) Funding

Contact Your Senator

To Support Federal Funding For America's Libraries!

2 Most Important Federal Programs for Libraries
~ Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)
~ Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program

NEED EVERY Senator to sign a "Dear Colleague" letter from Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME).
addressed to the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriation Subcommittees

Support the request for $ 214.432 M – FY 2009. Programs that don't have a vocal support network are in danger of being cut.

The deadline for signing this letter is March 14.

View the "Dear Colleague" library letter @
Find Elected Officials: President, Congress, Governors, & more @

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Illiteracy in America

Illiteracy in America

ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson featured a special series, “Living in the Shadows: Illiteracy in America” that examined the hidden phenomenon of illiteracy in this country: Part 1: Feb 25; Part 2: Feb 26.

Click on Title for Video or Story:

~ Illiterate in America
~ A Michigan City’s Literacy Crisis

~ Literacy Programs at Work
~ Living in the Shadows: Monica Baxley
~ Living in the Shadows: Roger Vredenburg
~ Silent Epidemic: Illiteracy in America
~ News You Can Use: Literacy Resources for Adults and Children
~ Out of the Shadows, Overcoming Illiteracy

Read On @ Your Local Library:

Learning to Read and Write in Colonial America
E. Jennifer Monaghan, University of Massachusetts Press 2007
~ who learned to read in Colonial America? Who learned to write? Reading instruction was largely motivated by religion, while writing instruction generally had secular motives -slaves and other marginalized people were allowed to learn to read but not to write.

Cora Wilson Stewart and Kentucky's Moonlight Schools: Fighting for Literacy in America
Yvonne Honeycutt Baldwin, University Press of Kentucky 2006
~ Stewart decided to open the classrooms in her district to adult pupils in 1911. Convinced that edication could eliminate the poverty that plagued the region, she founded the Moonlight School movement, ultimately designed to combat illiteracy. The movement's motto: Each one teach one.

Lives on the Boundary: A Moving Account of the Struggles and Achievements of America's Educationally Underprepared
Mike Rose, Viking Penguin 2005
~ Remedial, illiterate, intellectually deficient—these are the stigmas that define America's educationally underprepared.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Read Across America Day: March 3

Read Across America Day
Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday !

Oh, the Places You'll Go

Dr. Seuss on the Web:

~ Seussville
~ Dr. Seuss National Memorial - Springfield, MA
~ Dr. Seuss Collection @ UCSD
~ Dr. Seuss parody page

& watch a prevue of Horton Hears a Who ! @
~ release date: March 14
with Jim Carrey as Horton
Steve Carell as The Mayor of Who-ville
Carol Burnett as Kangaroo

So Light a Candle, Woodja !
Check Out a Dr. Seuss Book @ Your Local Library