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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

October 1, 2015
It's my choice!

Steve: Creativity requires 2 conditions

Suki: Risk-taking and lifelong learning

Ban or Self-Censor
Banned Books
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  It's my choice!

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It's Banned Book Week!

Banning books is akin to banning free speech, a right indelibly intertwined with the concept of power residing in ordinary citizens, not the government aka dictators aka ruling juntas et.al. The history of banned books (ideas) is at least as old as written history.  On local levels, despite our culture's dedication to free speech, we have continuously wrestled with the nuances of this right.  In the realm of books, every year there are challenges to a teacher's or school's choice of literature.  

How does this play out in our own families?  Most of us exercise guidance based on age appropriate material or our own cultural mores.  I grew up in a reading family and passed this on to my children.  We all read voraciously and I never felt any need to restrict choices because there is so much high quality literature available.  We received and gave books for Christmas, birthdays and all manner of achievements.  In between gifts we hauled home books from the local library.  The school they attended had a great literature curriculum that aligned with my family values  -one of the reasons I chose that school for my children.

In the home, reading with children and discussing content fosters communication and discrimination.  As children advance in school, content may get more challenging, in fact we might not agree with some school reading assignments.  This is where our family reading pattern comes into play.  If/when we find content to be offensive, we have choices: read and critique it with our child, voice concerns or request alternate assignments.  Beware though, if we put up a stink about a book, our child's curiosity will undoubtedly be piqued.  

I saw a line: "Most-challenged books are either written by people of color or about them."   What!!?  Is that true?  I was skeptical.  What constitutes a banned book?  Who causes a book to be banned?  What types of books are banned?  Why does a book make it to the banned books list?  I share with you the data according to the ALA, the American Library Association.

Annie's back with a follow-up to her articles on testing a few weeks back.  I think she's onto something. Be sure to read her most recent blog "Keep students' minds from wandering." Teachers, check out her course on testing.  It looks interesting!

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  Steve: Creativity requires 2 conditions

(AAA_Feb 2015) SteveSpitalny.jpgThere is a crisis of creativity in our world. Why? Because creativity does not have so much opportunity, and because our world is filled with fears and anxieties. These two things are the cause of the dearth of creativity.  

Several recent articles point to the relationship of widespread portable electronic devices and decrease in creativity... When we, and our children, are allowed to be bored from time to time, with no devices that entertain and occupy, our imagination is free to be active. The children need these times to develop their own creativity that will be their lifelong capacity. Boredom is the medium that creativity can develop within. Read more>>>>

Steve Spitalny is an early childhood consultant and writer and offers lectures, workshops and mentoring around the world. Teachers and parents alike rave about their experiences and want him back for more! You can learn more about him at: Chamakanda.com

 

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  Suki: Risk-taking and lifelong learning

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As adults, it's sometimes hard to remember that feeling of vulnerability that kids have when they're learning new things. That's one reason why I continue to value the experience of trying new things out in the world-I think it helps me be a better teacher.

One thing I've been doing recently is ... Read on>>>>>

 

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  Ban or Self-Censor

Opinion: The Absolutely True Story of Banned Books by Aaron Burkhalter - Most challenged books are either written by people of color or about them.  Continue>>>


Opinion: Self Censorship Better Than Book Banning  by Melissa Taylor

My parents let me read any book I wanted. No they weren't without religious belief or strong opinions, they just firmly believed in growing a reader, an individual, who could make decisions for herself. Me!

Yes, any book I wanted to read. With one condition - I had to discuss it with my mom after I read it. (Much to my dismay sometimes! You try discussing sex and incest in Flowers in the Attic with your mother and it will make you think twice or ten times about reading the book at all.) continue>>>


ALA 2014 Book Challenges Infographic -  The Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Public Information Office partnered on an infographic about 2014 book challenges as part of the State of America's Library Report.  Click for Challenges by reason, initiator & institution for 1990-99 and 2000-09  - These figures are pulled from the ALA  Challenge Database by decades 1990-99 and 2000-2009. 

Top reasons are "sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited for age group", not surprising, but not ethnic or racism.

  Banned Books

BANNED BOOKS WEEK 2015: September 27-October 3

The top ten list of frequently challenged books of 2014 has been released by the American Library Association.  They are:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
It's Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris

 

 Saga, by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard
Drama, by Raina Telgemeier

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A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice."

My favorite banned list is Banned & Challenged Classics.

 

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2015-16 Workshops

Pinocchio
The Wheel on the School
Heidi
Johnny Tremain
A Wrinkle in Time
The House of 60 Fathers
The Railway Children
The Trumpeter of Krakow
The Red Pony
Little Women
All Quiet on the Western Front
The Witch of Blackbird   Pond
Our Town
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
The Big Wave
The Diary of Anne Frank
Adam of the Road
Anne of Green Gables
Huckleberry Finn
The Phantom Tollbooth
Follow My Leader
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Good Master
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The Hobbit
Stuart Little
A Little Princess
Black Beauty
Tom Sawyer

Teens
Fahrenheit 451
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Stories by Edgar A. Poe
The Red Pony
All Quiet on the Western Front
Our Town
The Diary of Anne Frank
Huckleberry Finn
To Kill a Mockingbird
Animal Farm

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Young Eagles - Kids Fly Free
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Young Eagles
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 8 yrs - 17 yrs
Details: Kds fly free EAA airplane rides, on the first Saturday of every month between January and April and then again between September
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-531-8440 view all details >>
     
Monterey History Fest 2015
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  Monterey History Fest 2015
California State Parks
Date: Every day (Oct 3-Oct 4) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Learn some history at the History Fest!
City: Monterey view all details >>
     
Garage Sale Weekend
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  Garage Sale Weekend
City of Santa Cruz
Date: Every day (Jun 3-Jun 4)
Details: Hold a sale at your homehome or go garage sale shopping. Register your sale
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-420-5449 view all details >>
     

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Coastal Watershed Council
Date: 05/20/2017 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Details: Join us for service demos, live music, food, games, prizes and more
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Foster Parent and Adoption Orientation
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  Foster Parent and Adoption Orientation
County of Santa Cruz
Date: The 1st Wed of every month from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: Adult
Details: Foster Parent and Adoption Orientation
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 345-2700 view all details >>
     
It's my choice!
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Scottish Gathering and Highland Games
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Highland Rogue Productions
Date: 10/01/2016 from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Immerse yourself in the sites, sounds, and the tastes of an ancient Scottish culture
City: Felton view all details >>
     
R.E.A.D.: Reach Every Amazing Detail
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Library Central
Date: Every Mon from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Details: R.E.A.D.: Reach Every Amazing Detail @ Downtown
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
It's my choice!
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Burrito Bash
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  Burrito Bash
Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce
Date: 10/03/2015 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Details: delicious food, activities, arts and craft booths, and don't forget the burritos and brews
City: Watsonville view all details >>
     
Pie for the People-Santa Cruz
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Pie for the People
Date: 10/03/2015 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Details: Bring a pie or $5 cash, a fork and plate and an appetite
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
It's my choice!
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Tour - Shorebirds Walk
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Watsonville Wetlands
Date: 08/19/2017 from 7:45am to 11:00am
Details: Learn how to identify shorebirds with an expert
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-345-1226 view all details >>
     
Introduction to Math Circles
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X Academy
Date: 10/04/2015 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 4th to 8th Grade
Details: For Kids Who Love Math
Special Instructions: Register at www.xacademy.org
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (408) 334-1700 view all details >>
     
Open Studios
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Santa Cruz Art League
Date: Every Su and Sa (Oct 3-Oct 18) from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Details: Preview Open Studios art at opening reception
City: Santa Cruz County view all details >>
     
TASTE OF THE WARRIORS' FOOD, WINE & KID FUN
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  TASTE OF THE WARRIORS' FOOD, WINE & KID FUN
Santa Cruz City Schools
Date: 10/10/2015 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Details: A family-friendly benefit for Santa Cruz City Schools - food, raffles, meet mvp guests
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
     
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