Politically charged children's books
Great story. I finally got it to load.
There is, of course an equally magical antidote to that story - the famous line from Bulgakov's Master and Margarita - "Manuscripts don't burn!"
Love that book, Winston!
'No, that simply cannot be,' the foreigner objected firmly.
`Because,' the foreigner replied and, narrowing his eyes, looked into the sky, where, anticipating the cool of the evening, black birds were tracing noiselessly, 'Annushka has already bought the sunflower oil, and has not only bought it, but has already spilled it. So the meeting will not take place.'
Here, quite understandably, silence fell under the lindens.
Yeah, me too. First saw it as a fringe play, and I just managed to find a copy of the 10-part Russian miniseries, which was apparently very faithful, and very well-received. Haven't watched it yet.
There is a new translation which is supposed to be very good. Can't remember which mine is. it's sitting at home.
As for kid's stuff, I have always liked Syracuse Cultural Workers. Lots of great books, posters and other things with great messages for adults and kids.
Speaking of which, ever heard Woody Guthrie's kids album?
A quote from a Dr. Seuss book about a turtle trying to assert his rights is too political for students who shouldn't be caught in the middle of the current teachers' dispute, says a school administrator in Prince Rupert, B.C.
Dave Stigant, acting director of instruction for the local school district, said Wednesday he vetoed a quote from Yertle the Turtle when a teacher asked him to look at about 20 quotes to determine if they would be appropriate to expose students to during the ongoing labour dispute.
The quote was: "I know up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here on the bottom, we too should have rights."
Stigant said he doesn't care if the quote or the whole book is used in a classroom, but it's not OK for teachers to wear political slogans on buttons or T-shirts or display them in their cars on school property.
"This is simply an attempt to make the district look absurd."
"I would not think it was appropriate for my child to go to an art class and be engaged in instruction and conversation about political rights and disputes and that kind of thing. That's not the teachers' job."
I wonder why we have around 50% turnout in elections and no one cares about politics. I can't imagine an educator saying anything more anti-democratic.
This man is not an educator. He is an administrator.
I posted that in the teaching thread as well, Catchfire.
True, but try telling that to him and the associations who represent people like him.
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There are currently more than 250 BCSSA members, including some members who have been seconded to the Ministry of Education. Additionally, there are more than 200 senior active (retired from school district) members who participate in association activities.
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Sort of political, definitely ideological - although, I suppose, no worse than children's versions of Noah's Ark and other bible stories for small children.
Has anyone seen this documentary:
If it is good I'll recommend my local library purchase it. Or I'll buy it myself. The filmmaker did another documentary (Call of the Wild) that I found moving and thought-provoking.