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First Amendment Rights Violated of a High School Senior

As a former-teacher I often wonder how educators (specifically administrators) can act so uneducated and idiotic. I mean, a school suspending a kindergarten child for pointing a finger (NO, not THE finger) at another child as a make-believe gun is … Continue reading

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Latest Injustice: Borders’ Gift Cards Cannot Be Redeemed

In a gross injustice a federal judge, according to ShelfAwareness, upheld in late-May a bankruptcy judge’s ruling that 17.7 million in Borders gift cards worth an estimated $210.5 million cannot be redeemed. Judge Andrew Carter’s rationale was that allowing cardholders … Continue reading

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Going too far: Death Threats Against Michael Vick

USA Today reported (March 13) that Michael Vick’s publisher has canceled book signing events relating to Vick’s autobiography Finally Free, due to violent threats against Vick, his family and employees participating in the event. Sadly, animal rights fanatics (as opposed … Continue reading

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Pass On Standardized Tests

Teachers from at least one school in Seattle are refusing to administer standardized tests to their students, calling the results of the test “meaningless.” Teachers in other states are also balking at spending valuable time to teach the test and … Continue reading

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Kill My ARCs? Not a Chance.

Recently YA author Elizabeth Fama wrote an impassioned plea to reviewers, entitled “Kill My ARC,” to destroy Author Review Copies (known as ARCs) once they have read and reviewed them. Donate them to a library? Not on your life. Allow … Continue reading

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What Would Dara Do?: Part Eight

This is the eighth in a series discussing how characters in The Shamra Chronicles would deal with current hot-button issues and pressures that confront today’s teens. How would Dara respond to the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs? I live … Continue reading

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Book Review: STARTERS by Lissa Price

In the Dystopian YA landscape, other than The Hunger Games trilogy, there is little that is innovative. As with every “the next big thing” there is little that equals the original. Lissa Price’s Starters is one of the rare exceptions. … Continue reading

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Book Review: THE LIST by Siobhan Vivian

The premise of The List by Siobhan Vivian is promising, the execution less so. Each year the week before Homecoming at Mount Washington High School a list of the prettiest and ugliest girls is circulated, forever altering the lives of … Continue reading

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John King Fumbles Away Impartiality

On May 24 presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney stirred the pot when speaking about improving education in American public schools. His most controversial statement was that smaller class size has no impact on improvement in schools. He cited one … Continue reading

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Skip Bayless: Sports Bully

It galls me to no end when sports columnists or pompous television analysts use derogatory nicknames to degrade athletes. I noticed this at least fifteen years ago with New York Post columnist Peter Vecsey. He’d toss around sarcastic and demeaning … Continue reading

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