Want to defend democracy? Start with your public library.

Lies have become too commonplace in the United States, so the American people need a place where they can go to get the truth. Ron is right. Go to your public library. Katrina vanden Heuvel writes this great opinion piece for the Washington Post.

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Just not good enough – Apparently, it was an ‘administrative error’ that saw Senators vote for racist motion

I was outraged to hear about the actions of the 28 senators who chose to support the bill – including Nigel Scullion who is supposedly the Minister for Indigenous Affairs. The list of supporters of this bill are listed below:

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For more coverage go to the Women’s Agenda.

Girls say not enough strong, relatable female characters on screen

Interesting research about why we need to see more relatable female characters.

Sophia Riley Kobacker

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Our research found that female sci-fi and superhero characters help bridge the confidence gap for girls, making them feel strong, brave, confident, inspired, positive, and motivated. – BBC America & Women’s Media Center. More:

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Texas To Delete Hillary Clinton, Helen Keller and Others From The Curriculum

I’ve included an excerpt from the School Library Journal article:

The recommendations were made to the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) by groups who spent a year studying the standards and used a rubric to determine someone’s significance in history. Some of the rubric’s categories included the person’s lasting impact, sphere of influence, whether she made an impact for an underrepresented group, did she cause or was she part of a watershed moment or turning point in history, does she represent diverse perspectives, diverse cultures, and is she essential for the course and grade level.
Clinton and Roosevelt both received a total of 5 points (out of a possible 20) and were deemed “not necessary.” Oprah Winfrey totaled 7 points and was also deemed not necessary. Susan B. Anthony scored a 19 and will be staying. Points were not the only decided factor, however. In the secondary U.S. Government curriculum, The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) both received 20 points and were deemed “essential” to the course. The National Rifle Association (NRA) scored a 9 and was also considered “essential.”

If education and hard work were enough leadership would be culturally diverse. How can we fix the imbalance?

Another great post from Cathy Ngo on how we can fix the imbalance that exists throughout our society.

Using Quality Literature in the Classroom and Library

A great starting point to resources that can assist in  Using Quality Literature in the Classroom and Library.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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A powerful and brave YA novel about what prejudice looks like in the 21st century.

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice. Movie rights have been sold to Fox, with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) to star.

Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
Coretta Scott King Honor (Author)
Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee (Mystery Writers of America)
Michael L. Printz Honor Book
National Book Award Longlist
William C. Morris Award

Read it because:

You want a book that opens up the stark reality of life in America. The Hate U Give is an incredibly powerful book. It opens up so many discussions, about why we need the Black Lives Matters movement, and why we need to start working on a better society now. Suitable for the upper secondary library. Best book for 2018.

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