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Public Schools for Sale? from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

Public education is becoming big business as bankers, hedge-fund managers and private-equity investors are entering what they consider to be an “emerging market.” Preeminent education historian Diane Ravitch, a former assistant secretary of education, says the privatization of public education has to stop. She was an advocate school choice and charter schools, but after careful investigation, has changed her mind.

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According to his father, Paul Entingh, one moment the boy was “goofing off” with his friends in fifth-grade science class, and the next the teacher was taking him out of the classroom, invoking Ohio’s zero-tolerance policy.

The offense? Nathan was “making his fingers look like a gun, having the thumb up and the pointed finger sticking out,” said Entingh, describing the February 26 incident.

“He was pointing it at a friend’s head and he said ‘boom.’ The kid didn’t see it. No other kids saw it. But the teacher saw it,” he said. “It wasn’t threatening. It wasn’t hostile. It was a 10-year-old kid playing.”

Price “has been warning the students for some weeks,” said Warner. “We’ve had a problem at this school. The boys have gone around fake shooting and making paper guns at class. It’s inappropriate. She has sent notes to parents for the past three weeks alerting them of the problem.”

Ohio’s “zero-tolerance” rules in public schools came under attack in January when state Sen. Charleta Tavares introduced bill SB 167 to reverse or reform the original 1998 law introduced as part of SB 55. The 1998 bill mandated schools “adopt a policy of zero tolerance for violent, disruptive, or inappropriate behavior, including excessive truancy.”

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Schools across the country are rapidly adopting new technological tools and cloud services to support their educational missions. To use these online services, schools transfer large quantities of student personal data including transcript information, homework essays, lunchroom purchases and even student weight to third party providers.

What can the providers do with the student information? Does the law protect the privacy of the data? Do school districts assure the protection of the data they transfer or is student privacy lost in the cloud? Join CITP’s visiting professor and two key stakeholders for a disconcerting look at the state of privacy protection and a positive look at possible future solutions.

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Far too many people in this video and in the comments are happy to allow the school systems to spy on what their kids are doing online. Educating children about bullying and how to deal with it appropriately. No one needs to snoop in people’s private lives without their permission. Yes, bullying is a problem, especially online, but teach the children what to do when it happens and stop spying on every minute detail of their lives.

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With Banned Books Week approaching, Reddit user AndiArch has created a fantastic list of banned/challenged books that everyone can enjoy. I reproduce the list below, so that parents can have a look at the books and start a discussion with their children.

Toddler/Nursery School

  • In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak; Reasons: nudity
  • The Family Book, by Todd Parr; (Reasons: homosexuality, racially-mixed families)
  • My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler; Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  • Everyone Poops, by Taro Gomi; (Reasons: obscenity, misleading illustrations)

Pre-K

  • King & King, by Linda de Haan; Reason: homosexuality
  • My Princess Boy, by Cheryl Kilodavis; (Reason: homosexuality, gender line blurring)
  • Draw Me A Star, by Eric Carle; Reason: nudity
  • Bumbe-Ardy, by Maurice Sendak; (Reason: death, too sad for children)
  • Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak; Reason: witchcraft, supernatural elements

K

  • And Tango Makes Three, Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson; Reason: homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group
  • The Pain and the Great One, Judy Blume; (Reason: animosity between siblings)
  • A Light in the Attic, Shel Silverstein; Reason: unsuited to age group, inappropriate subject matter
  • The Rabbits’ Wedding, Garth Williams; Reason: interracial marriage
  • The Story About Ping, Marjorie Flack; (Reason: spanking)
  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, William Steig; Reason: police officers depicted as pigs

Early Elementary

  • The Magic Tree House, series, Mary Pope Osborne; (Reason: encourages dishonesty)
  • Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling; Reasons: anti-family, occult/Satanism, religious viewpoint, violence
  • Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson; Reasons: occult/Satanism, offensive language, violence
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Judy Blume; (Reasons: child lacks discipline, bad parenting)
  • Freckle Juice, Judy Blume; (Reasons: bad parenting)
  • The Boxcar Children, series, Gertrude Chandler Warner; (Reason: anti-family, depictions of criminal activities)
  • The Witches, Roald Dahl; Reason: unsuited to age group, occult
  • Blubber, Judy Blume; Reason: Bullying
  • James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl; Reason: violence, occult, anti-family, language
  • The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein; Reason: unsuited to age group

Late Elementary

  • The Boy Who Lost His Face, Louis Sachar; (Reason: bullying, occult)
  • The Great Gilly Hopkins, Katherine Patterson; Reason: anti-family, unsuited to age group
  • The Giver, Lois Lowry; Reasons: violence, unsuited to age group
  • Flashcards of My Life, Charise Mericle Harper; Reasons: sexually explicit and unsuited to age group
  • The Golden Compass, His Dark Materials series, Philip Pullman; Reason: religious viewpoint
  • The Upstairs Room, by Johanna Reiss; Reason: inappropriate language, depictions of war
  • Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes; Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit
  • Blood and Chocolate, by Annette Curtis Klause; Reasons: sexually explicit, unsuited to age group (Note: I read this in elementary school, but it is likely better suited to late middle school at the earliest)
  • Captain Underpants, series, by Dav Pilkey; Reasons: offensive language, unsuited to age group
  • Number the Stars, Lois Lowry; (Reasons: setting, inappropriate to age group)
  • Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George; Reasons: unsuited to age group, violence
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell; (Reasons: anti-family, violence)
  • Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume; (Reasons: puberty)
  • Crazy Lady!, by Jane Leslie Conly; Reason: offensive language
  • Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz; Reasons: insensitivity, occult/Satanism, unsuited to age group
  • Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher; Reasons: homosexuality and offensive language
  • Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine; Reasons: violence, occult, satanic themes

Middle School

  • Fat Kid Rules the World, by K.L. Going; Reason: depression, suicidal thoughts
  • Earth’s Children (series), by Jean M. Auel; Reason: violence, anti-family, (scientific inaccuracies)
  • Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher; Reasons: racism, offensive language
  • The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien; (Reasons: satanic themes)
  • The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier; Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age
  • Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous; Reasons: drugs, offensive language, sexually explicit
  • Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers; Reason: offensive language
  • Taming the Star Runner, by S.E. Hinton; Reason: offensive language
  • 13: Thirteen Stories That Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen, by James Howe, ed.; (Reason: unsuited to age group)
  • ttyl, Internet Girls series, by Lauren Myracle; Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  • The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (late middle school); Reasons: sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violence
  • My Brother Sam is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier; (Reason: violence, depictions of war)
  • Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher; Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
  • Detour for Emmy, by Marilyn Reynolds; Reason: sexual content
  • A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck; Reason: violence, girl, (explicit descriptions of animal mating behaviors)
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain; Reason: offensive language
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie; Reasons: offensive language, racism, sex education, unsuited to age group, and violence

Early High School

  • To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee; Reasons: offensive language, racism, unsuited to age group
  • Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya; Reasons: occult/satanism, offensive language, sexually explicit, and violence
  • The Color Purple, by Alice Walker; Reasons: homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit
  • Forever, by Judy Blume; Reasons: offensive language, sexual content
  • The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green; (Reason: depression, too “deep” for age group)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky; Reasons: homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit
  • Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Greene; Reasons: offensive language, racism, sexually explicit
  • Crank, by Ellen Hopkins; Reasons: drugs, offensive language, and sexually explicit
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou; Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit
  • Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines, by Nic Sheff; (Reasons: drug use, unsuited to age group)
  • We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier; Reason: offensive language, sexual content
  • Lush, series, by Natasha Friend; Reasons: drugs, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  • The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa; Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  • Looking for Alaska, by John Green; Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  • My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult; Reasons: homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

Late High School

  • The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini; Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  • What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones; Reasons: sexism, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  • Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich; Reasons: drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, and religious viewpoint
  • Revolutionary Voices, edited by Amy Sonnie; Reasons: homosexuality and sexually explicit
  • The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger; Reasons: sexual content, offensive language, unsuited to age group
  • Beloved, by Toni Morrison; Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  • The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls; Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit

While AndiArch’s list is not complete in any way and was made for his/her own personal reasons, there are some great books on this list. While I have never read The Box Car Children, it spurred on another post about the series and, since I can get a free copy of the original at Project Gutenberg, I’m probably going to check some out and see what all the fuss is about.

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association.

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