NY Times Books:
Harry Potter’s Popularity Holds Up in Early Sales. Craig, you’ll be happy to hear I bought my copy from the local independent bookseller, Collected Works. I finished reading it last night.
SF New Mexican, just posted:
A big fish for the little lady. Oh, excellent. A four year old girl catches a huge trout with a “Scooby Doo” fishing rod. So much for the high tech fly fishing gear ...
One million Hasbro Easy-Bake toy ovens recalled. Kids were getting burned on these when I was knee-high to a full-size oven, back in the ‘60’s.
The hills (and airwaves) are alive with “The Sound Of Music”, 24/7. Frankly, I’m surprised it wasn’t done sooner.
“Does full-time nursery care harm children? In Britain many parents think it does. In France there are no such qualms.”
Abstinence Education Faces an Uncertain Future. “Teenagers ... [snip] ... crave unfettered information — the kind restricted under federal abstinence education law, which discourages intimacy outside marriage but provides no instruction for safer sex.” My italics. One wonders what they manage to teach in ‘sex ed’ courses, other than repeating ‘no’ over and over.
SF New Mexican:
Richardson promises universal coverage, but it hasn’t happened at home. “Overall, an estimated 432,000 New Mexicans were uninsured most of last year, according to a study done for a gubernatorial task force.” The total population of NM, in 2006, was just under two million. One has to be fair, though. He inherited a hell of a situation, insurers escaping the state right and left. Just a few short years ago, it seemed there were almost no choices beyond one HMO and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Choice has returned.
Maternity coverage is still hard to find and extremely expensive, which is causing all kinds of other secondary problems. There’s a huge gap between State or Federal coverage and private coverage costs, wherein too many are lost without options. If nothing else, give the pregnant affordable coverage ... those unborn are our future.
“So we’re experiencing the literary equivalent of a loss of biodiversity ...”
SF New Mexican:
Off-limits after dark? This will just move the violence to other areas.
Fer yer rugrats ...
NY Times Editorial:
The Land of Opportunity? “The poor cannot afford this investment in their children’s development — and the government doesn’t provide nearly enough help.” Amen.
SF New Mexican:
School district officials to dial dropouts. “They’ll use a scripted survey to ask kids why they dropped out and what would have kept them in school.” How about just interview them, record the interview, and have researchers glean the unpredictable nuggets of wisdom?
Commentary: Fostering, adopting a child adds to your family’s life. Yes, I remember the foster children we took care of in the 80’s, the ones with withdrawal and DTs. It’s one of the reasons I have child CPR training ... cocaine/crack often resulted in heart defects.
“Police who chased a car for miles along a highway at speeds up to 100 mph said the driver was drunk, hardly a rarity in this resort town. But there was more: When they looked inside the flipped vehicle with guns drawn, they found an 11-year-old girl at the wheel.” Must have quite a set of parents, that one.
Review, ‘The Dangerous Book for Boys.’ “If you can’t bring a bottle of water on the airplane, how do you suppose a book advocating knives and incendiary devices is going to go over?” As a male who grew up in the 60’s, I can’t help reminisce over my own experiments with knives, matches, scythes, hammers, saws, slingshots, paper airplanes (?!!) ... all those lovely, educational things considered ‘dangerous’ today.
“There are so many other ways to lead a successful and meaningful life that are not denominated by money or fame. Adult life begins in a child’s imagination, and we’ve relinquished that imagination to the marketplace.” Exactly how I feel. Dana Gioia speaks to graduates. Do read this one.
Hope for autistics.
Lou Dobbs: “The Education Week report shows Detroit’s public high schools will graduate only 25 percent of their students. Cleveland, Ohio, and Baltimore, Maryland, will graduate less than 35 percent; Dallas, Texas, New York and Los Angeles, California, about 45 percent. In fact, 10 of our nation’s biggest cities will graduate fewer than half their students. This is nothing less than a national crisis.” Mr Dobbs, you couldn’t be more correct.
Related: “Math Education.”
NY Times Education:
Some Colleges to Drop Out of U.S. News Rankings. Isn’t having colleges rate themselves a little like having energy producers set national energy policy?