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9 years ago
Neil Gaiman gave a great lecture on the importance of libraries, reading, and daydreaming at The Reading Agency's annual lecture series in London on Monday, October 14th. There are a lot of powerful statements, but these are a few of my favorites: Reading "Fiction has two uses. Firstly, it's a gateway drug to reading...And it forces you to learn new words, to think new thoughts, to keep going. To discover that reading per se is pleasurable... And the second thing fiction does...
9 years ago
Is strict better than nice? This op-ed article Why Tough Teachers Get Good Grades explores the importance of a "tough" teacher -- one who doesn't sugarcoat your failures or sacrifice criticism in fear of hurting your feelings. The author argues that we should "revive old-fashioned" educational techniques, encouraging repetition and moderately stressful scenarios which will make students stronger and more confident in the end. Lipman even goes on to suggest that o...
9 years ago
Many of you have likely read about the “all digital” public library that opened in Bexar County, Texas just last week. BiblioTech, as it's appropriately named, proudly boasts the title of “The Country's First Digital Public Library,” but what does that really mean? As it suggests, it's a building completely devoid of books. When Bexar County residents venture into this establishment, they won't hear a quiet shuffle of papers but a muted hum of dozens of computers, tablets, and eReaders, and perhaps a few disgruntled murmurs of patrons attemp...