Saturday, December 01, 2007

Acting, Reflecting, and Perversity

Olentangy's Top News:

Is this learning? Pretending to be an Hispanic immigrant and then reflecting on your experience. Does that even make sense? Reflecting on your experience in a contrived situation is not learning, it's pure foolishness. This is Progressive education, where the feelings of the student count more than any real-life experience.

Whatever became of books and visits by those who actually experienced the learning objective? But, what can you expect from a district that shows Forrest Gump as the learning tool for the Vietnam War. And we pay some of these professionals over $88,000 for 180 days of such instruction.

Olentangy Liberty High School Spanish V students will learn about our nation's current state of distress with immigration on December 14 during the immigration project. Each student will assume an "Hispanic identity" that they will use throughout the project to understand the complexities of being an immigrant. During the immigration project, students learn about the legal U.S. immigration process through research, completing authentic legal forms, and through personal reflection by written responses and open discussion. Moreover, the students will also learn why so many immigrants from Hispanic countries come to the U.S.
I posted on this conference earlier. Of course the librarian presented, Olentangy is quickly becoming the West Coast of Ohio districts. Leader? Yes, leaders in perversity. Google "young adult literature" to see that it is literature written by adults that no child should read. Yet, Olentangy teachers push this nonsense of district students: your children.

Olentangy Liberty Middle School Librarian Mary Burkey presented “Helping Teens Discover a Sense of Place and Self through Young Adult Literature,” at The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents national conference in New York City on November 20, 2007. The workshop consisted of young adult authors such as Christopher Paul Curtis and Laurie Halse Anderson and teachers, librarians, and editors presenting ideas on how to use this genre in effective ways. Burkey, a nationally recognized expert on audiobooks, is a frequent speaker at state and national conferences.

Burkey also presented at the recent National Conference of Teachers of English convention, with authors Bruce Coville and James Howe in a session titled “Theater of the Mind: Audiobooks Live on Stage." In addition, Burkey was featured at the American Library Association's national conference, where she and co-presenters authors Judy Blume, Bruce Coville, Jack Gantos, and John Green spoke on the topic “Celebrating Excellence in Audiobooks for Children and Young Adults.”

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