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March 3, 2016


A Recipe for Nourishment

The Math Myth

Classic Children's Movie Night, Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936)
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(A Mar 16) BarnDanceDLC.jpgAre you going to the dance on Sunday? It's for all ages old enough to learn traditional barn dances following a caller's instructions.  Bring the whole family!  Dance to live music performed by the Hey!Makers with Luke Abbott on fiddle, Craig Mitchell on clawhammer banjo, and Lor Larson on guitar. Claire Takemori will be calling the dances.  All beginners should be sure to show up at 2 for active lessons!

There's no "cultural starvation" in our little part of the world.  We're a welcoming haven for artists, musicians, poets, authors, dancers, actors, scientists and teachers of the arts and sciences for our children.  We are indeed fortunate for these sweet moments of beauty that are available in schools, private studios and often for free in our streets and parks.  How can we share that?  And, Moms, Dads, are you nourishing yourselves?!

(A Buttons) Button_Weekend.jpgPlease recommend our newsletter to new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events! We cannot fit them all into this newsletter.  There are more on the online calendar.

Have a great  weekend! Parmalee

 

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  A Recipe for Nourishment

"Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. "

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Wise words from Philip Pullman, who received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2005:

Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. If you don't give a child food, the damage quickly becomes visible. If you don't let a child have fresh air and play, the damage is also visible, but not so quickly. If you don't give a child love, the damage might not be seen for some years, but it's permanent.

But if you don't give a child art and stories and poems and music, the damage is not so easy to see. It's there, though. Their bodies are healthy enough; they can run and jump and swim and eat hungrily and make lots of noise, as children have always done, but something is missing.

It's true that some people grow up never encountering art of any kind, and are perfectly happy and live good and valuable lives, and in whose homes there are no books, and they don't care much for pictures, and they can't see the point of music. Well, that's fine. I know people like that. They are good neighbours and useful citizens.

But other people, at some stage in their childhood or their youth, or maybe even their old age, come across something of a kind they've never dreamed of before. It is as alien to them as the dark side of the moon. But one day they hear a voice on the radio reading a poem, or they pass by a house with an open window where someone is playing the piano, or they see a poster of a particular painting on someone's wall, and it strikes them a blow so hard and yet so gentle that they feel dizzy. Nothing prepared them for this. They suddenly realise that they're filled with a hunger, though they had no idea of that just a minute ago; a hunger for something so sweet and so delicious that it almost breaks their heart. They almost cry, they feel sad and happy and alone and welcomed by this utterly new and strange experience, and they're desperate to listen closer to the radio, they linger outside the window, they can't take their eyes off the poster. They wanted this, they needed this as a starving person needs food, and they never knew. They had no idea.

That is what it's like for a child who does need music or pictures or poetry to come across it by chance. If it weren't for that chance, they might never have met it, and might have passed their whole lives in a state of cultural starvation without knowing it.

The effects of cultural starvation are not dramatic and swift. They're not so easily visible.

And, as I say, some people, good people, kind friends and helpful citizens, just never experience it; they're perfectly fulfilled without it. If all the books and all the music and all the paintings in the world were to disappear overnight, they wouldn't feel any the worse; they wouldn't even notice.

But that hunger exists in many children, and often it is never satisfied because it has never been awakened. Many children in every part of the world are starved for something that feeds and nourishes their soul in a way that nothing else ever could or ever would.

We say, correctly, that every child has a right to food and shelter, to education, to medical treatment, and so on. We must understand that every child has a right to the experience of culture. We must fully understand that without stories and poems and pictures and music, children will starve.

Written by Philip Pullman for the tenth anniversary of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2012. More from Philip Pullman here.

 

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  The Math Myth

by Anna Kamanetz, Lead Education Blogger NPR

"Hear that change jingling in my pocket? Good. I have two little questions for you.

  1. I have a quarter, a dime and a nickel. How much money DO I have?

  2. I have three coins. How much money COULD I have?

(A Mar 16) Book_TheMathMyth.jpgThe first question is a basic arithmetic problem with one and only one right answer. You might find it on a multiple-choice test.

The second is an open-ended question with a number of different possible correct answers. It would lend itself to a wide-ranging debate over the details: Are these all American coins? Are any of them counterfeit? Do you have any bills?

Frankly, it's a lot more interesting than the first.

Andrew Hacker is professor emeritus of political science at Queens College, City University of New York, and the author of several more-or-less contrarian books about education, some of them bestsellers.

His latest is called The Math Myth: And Other STEM Delusions. It poses many nagging, open-ended questions like the second example above, without a lot of neat, tied-up-with-a-bow answers like No. 1.

Hacker's central argument is that advanced mathematics requirements, like algebra, trigonometry and calculus, are "a harsh and senseless hurdle" keeping far too many Americans from completing their educations and leading productive lives." continued>>>>>

 

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  Classic Children's Movie Night, Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936)

What can be better than seeing a classic movie with good friends?

Sponsored by Discovery Learning Center

Wednesday, 3/09 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: 5-12 and after 40 Admission Fees: suggested donation $2-$5 per family
Special Instructions: To make sure that everybody has comfortable accommodations, please RSVP by emailing or via the Event Facebook page.

(A Mar 16) Little-Lord-Fauntleroy-Poster.jpgOur third film is Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936), with Freddie Bartholomew in main role. This is perhaps the best screen adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's early masterpiece, which was much more popular during her life than Secret Garden, for which she is better known now.

Is the boy so kind and earnest because of his low EQ, which prevents him from reading "real" feelings of those around him, or because of the strength he derives from his mother's love and integrity? Is his mother self-sacrificing or just is secure enough to do exactly what she reckons to be right? Is it possible for a heart of the old worldly, crusty, and selfish aristocrat to thaw and start believing in the goodness of his grandson and its ability to better this world?

Please come and see for yourself.
Here is the original trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy6UXIdQqiY

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