“You have to question a cinematic culture which preaches artistic expression, and yet would support a decision that is clearly a product of a patriarchy-dominant society, which tries to control how women are depicted on screen. The MPAA is okay supporting scenes that portray women in scenarios of sexual torture and violence for entertainment purposes, but they are trying to force us to look away from a scene that shows a woman in a sexual scenario which is both complicit and complex. It’s misogynistic in nature to try and control a woman’s sexual presentation of self. I consider this an issue that is bigger than this film.”
-Ryan Gosling on the controversy around the rating of his film ‘Blue Valentine’
Poverty as a Childhood Disease, by Perri Klass.
As we saw at this year’s schoollibraryjournal Public Library Leadership Think Tank, school and public libraries have a very strong role to play in mitigating the effects of poverty, for both children and their caregivers.
True. Sad. And depressing.
Most social ills evaporate with the elimination of poverty.
A girl in Florida is facing felony charges and expulsion (and the lifetime of consequences sure to follow) because she was curious.
A solid well behaved student did a small experiment on school grounds in preparation for the science fair.
She mixed toilet bowl cleaner and aluminum foil.
There was a small explosion and smoke. No damage. No one was hurt.
She is being “charged with possession/discharge of a weapon on school grounds and discharging a destructive device. She will be tried as an adult.”
This article from SLJ discussed the new documentary - The Revisionaires and the influence of curriculum.
” Instead, students are provided with curriculum in much the same way that religious adherents are provided with scripture, as something whose source and authorship are not be discussed, much less questioned. And no, this analogy is not as inappropriate as it may first seem.”
These are concerning trends. Especially here in Texas.
Texas Library Association parties!
First picture was a small get together with some Penguin book authors, Gennifer Cholenko, Zack Stentz, Ashley Miller and Robert Paul Weston. The second is Gennifer, Zack and Ash at Jon Sciezka’s Guys Listen party.
I’m having a great week!