Can we please discuss how your tumblr is the best tumblr ever, because you are socially aware and also post pretty things and intriguing things and other such.. things?
Also, can we discuss that I'm coming to your school IN UNDER A MONTH and I am rather unhealthily excited to be joining a community of seemigly intelligent, socially aware people such as you? :D
Eeeeeeeeee thank you! I love tumblr because I can like…organize all things I care about together in a space and steal other people’s ideas and respond and ahhh it’s fantastic. Your tumblr is also pretty fantastic, I must say.
Can’t wait to meet you for real! I hope you’re excited about coming to SLC. I really love it and (I feel like I must say that not everyone is socially conscious or intellectually-minded, but there’s also no pressure to be around people you don’t want to be around and) it’s really been perfect for me. I hope it is for you too!
After four years of high school, you were probably pretty ready to graduate. But what if you could have earned college credit if you stayed for a fifth year? Students in Maine might soon get the option to do just that. In order to ensure that the state is truly preparing the workforce of the future, governor Paul LePage followed up on a campaign promise this week and issued an executive order that creates a task force to study whether a five-year high school option can be implemented state-wide.
The five-year initiative would accelerate the traditional high school curriculum so that credits are finished more quickly, and bring introductory college courses—college English 101, for example—down to the high school level. Students who opt in to the five-year program would graduate with both a high school diploma and either an associate’s degree or two years of credits that they can then transfer to the college of their choice.
This is interesting, because Indiana is trying to go the OTHER way. Gov. Mitch Daniels has the idea to entice kids to graduate a year early, and then the state (or corporation) would then give that student his/her per diem (what would have been spent on him/her while in secondary school) to use as scholarship money.
The funny thing is, graduation requirements are so rigidly mapped out over four years, that is IS possible to graduate a semester early, easily. But with summer school cut (we used to offer PE, health, and economics), it’s impossible to graduate a year early.
As it is, if a student is on honors track, graduating a semester early is impossible because of the full four years of math requirement and the two AP courses requirement (which are all full-year courses).
Of course, the state counters the solution to this is online education. Because a computer is just as effective as teaching Shakespeare as I am.
“I’m a young adult librarian, but I didn’t read young adult lit when I was a teen myself. I was a precocious reader and desperate to be treated like a grown-up, so I read books for grown-ups because anything else was just too puerile for someone as obviously mature and sophisticated as I. It wasn’t until I was in my mid-twenties, working on my MLS and realizing that I wanted to work with teens, that I discovered there was a huge, glorious world of excellent YA lit that I had completely missed. Now it’s almost all I read.
Outside of YA circles, I sometimes find myself having to justify my tastes to others. Yes, a lot of why I read YA lit is because I work with teens. But even if I were to switch careers, I would continue reading YA lit because it’s good. That’s not to say adult lit isn’t, of course, but YA lit has a freshness that I really enjoy, and it rarely gets bogged down in its own self-importance. YA lit is also mostly free of the melancholy, nostalgia, and yearning for the innocent days of childhood that I find so tedious in adult literary fiction.
I think the reason some grown-ups look down their noses at YA lit is because they haven’t read any of it recently, so they don’t know how good it’s gotten—or how different it is from what they might imagine it to be. While there are still books that deal with Big Issues, the “problem novel” of the ’70s and ’80s has been eclipsed by more slice-of-life contemporary fiction, romances, fantasies, mysteries, sci-fi stories, and genre-blending tales that defy categorization. For as much attention as the Twilight series has gotten, it’s certainly not all that’s out there.
I think it’s a lack of exposure to contemporary YA lit that makes adults refer to it as a “genre.” (…)
When I say “YA lit,” I’ll be mostly talking about fiction, and fiction aimed at those in late middle school and high school.
There’s a difference, smaller now than in the past, between what is written for teens and what teens actually read. Historically, what might have been called literature for youth was fiction that was essentially an instruction manual intended to create well-mannered young people, didactic tales of what happens to disobedient children, and the problem novel of decades past—essentially what adult writers thought teens should be reading. Fortunately, these days libraries and booksellers are classifying what teens want to read as YA fiction. (…)
YA lit is also different from fiction for grown-ups. There don’t seem to be as many Westerns. The romances are a little different. It’s not hard to find more gentle mysteries, though unlike mysteries for grown-ups, YA mysteries are a lot less likely to include recipes for desserts. Less superficially, the tone of YA lit is often different: there’s less retrospection, less melancholy and nostalgia. Often, though not always, YA lit is more story-focused. All of this, I think, reflects the differences in the minds and lives of teens compared to adults.
One of the biggest differences in the landscape of YA lit is that there’s more genre-blending than in adult literature. It may be because teens’ literary tastes are still developing, while adults are more likely to have very particular reading habits, but I think it’s also because the newness of YA lit allows for innovation.”—Gretchen Kolderup, Are You Reading YA Lit? You Should Be (via writingadvice)
YouTube Town Hall is a channel where videos are shown of politicians discussing various government policies. A great way for students to see the differences between conservatives and liberals. You can choose the issue, click who you support, and see who is winning.
This is a great way to use YouTube to teach politics and the differences between political parties.
After you’ve been to bed together for the first time, without the advantage or disadvantage of any prior acquaintance, the other party very often says to you, Tell me about yourself, I want to know all about you, what’s your story? And you think maybe they really and…
“I believe there are two ways of writing novels. One is mine, making a sort of musical comedy without music and ignoring real life altogether; the other is going right deep down into life and not caring a damn.”—P. G. Wodehouse (via writingadvice)