Mente Encendida Wed, 25 May 2022 22:03:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mente Encendida 32 32 These Kindles will no longer be able to buy books Wed, 25 May 2022 14:34:28 +0000

Several Amazon Kindle models will no longer be able to purchase books from the Kindle Store.

Owners of Kindle (2nd Gen) International, Kindle DX International, Kindle Keyboard, Kindle (4th Gen) and Kindle (5th Gen) will no longer be able to browse the store or buy or borrow books, according to a report on

Amazon is emailing affected customers, offering them a 30% discount on new Kindle hardware and $40 in free ebook credits for the inconvenience.

The affected devices are some of the oldest Kindles in the lineup, with some released over a decade ago. The Kindle DX first launched in 2009, for example, while the Kindle Keyboard followed a year later.

It’s not entirely clear why Amazon is removing access to its Kindle store on these devices, although Goodreader speculates it could be because they support outdated versions of the TLS security protocol. , which could make it unsafe for them to continue processing purchases.

Customers on the affected devices will still be able to play the new content. They can either make the ebook purchases through Amazon’s website and have the books transferred to their Kindle or email the files to their devices.

This isn’t the first time Amazon has removed features from Kindle readers. Last year, the company announced that 3G Kindles would stop working in the US as phone networks began shutting down their 3G networks. Owners of these devices will still be able to purchase and download books over the Wi-Fi connection.

Summer books for freshmen tackle social issues Wed, 25 May 2022 07:11:57 +0000

As new freshmen take advantage of summer vacation, many will also open open books that their institutions have asked them to read before classes start. Summer reading assignments, known as common books, differ at each institution, but are all meant to stimulate discussion about current events when students arrive on campus.

This year, as in recent years, many institutions are choosing books that address issues of social justice, especially racial inequality. At Siena College in New York, freshmen must read Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boysa novel based on the true story of abuse at the Dozier School for Boys in Jim Crow, Florida.

Michelle Liptak, a first-year seminary professor at Siena, said the faculty committee chose the book in 2020 for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic years.

“We’re very committed to choosing text that addresses current issues,” Liptak said. “And so, given what was going on, particularly with regard to the Black Lives Matter movement, we wanted to choose a book that was about injustice and race. We narrowed it down to five tracks, and The Nickel Boys was one of them.

The 925 members of the new freshman class will discuss the book in their freshman seminars and, depending on the professor, write an essay or take a quiz about the text.

The college also plans to bring in Erin Kimmerle, a forensic anthropologist at the University of South Florida, to discuss her work examining the unidentified bodies of boys who attended Dozier School and went missing, said Britt Haas, another professor who leads a year-long first seminar. The faculty members who teach the book all try to make it relevant to today’s world, she said, although they approach it in different ways.

“The common thing is that’s the basis of the discussion,” Haas said. “It varies hugely, not just the assignment, but even the conversations we have in class. They’re all certainly about issues of racial justice – how far we’ve come and how far we need to go in terms of balancing racial justice. But all teachers do different things with the book.

At Goucher College in Maryland, students must read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Lacks was an African-American woman whose cancer cells became, without her knowledge or permission, the source of the first human cell line to be bred indefinitely for use in medical research.

Isabel Moreno-López, associate provost for undergraduate studies, said summer reading is the first component of each student’s four-year exploration of race, power and perspective, a key part of the Goucher’s basic program. Although the college typically chooses a social justice-related book for its 300 freshmen, this year’s selection is unusual because it crosses so many disciplines, she said.

“Usually books that deal with social justice, race and power fall under the humanities,” Moreno-López said. “But it’s a book that can be studied in the natural sciences, because it’s about medicine. At Goucher, we support this reading requirement across all divisions, and this book is ideal for that.

Moreno-López said the book should spark conversations about ethics in medicine, since Lacks cells have been used for cancer research without his consent, as well as racism in medicine and medical research. The fact that Skloot is white could also lead to a discussion about the imbalance between the number of white and black authors represented in the publishing industry, Moreno-López said.

All first-year students will attend a group discussion about the book at the start of the fall semester, which aims to start conversations about the book throughout the term. If the students aren’t participating in the group discussion, Moreno-López said, she’ll seek them out for a one-on-one conversation about the text. Students are also required to write an essay and upload it online for their freshman seminars.

At Seton Hall University in New Jersey, freshmen will be required to read Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. The book chronicles the founding of Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit law firm in Montgomery, Alabama, and the case of one of its first clients: Walter McMillian, a young black man who was sentenced to wrongfully died for the murder of a young white woman whom he did not kill.

just mercy is a wonderful and timely choice, one that aligns with our mission and DEI goals and inspires young adults as they embark on their career paths,” said Nancy Enright, University Foundation Program Director. “The themes of justice, mercy, overcoming racial prejudice, community and faith in relation to social justice are closely linked to these similar themes which are an integral part of the core. Seton Hall University’s core curriculum is a general education approach that encourages students to become thoughtful, caring, communicative, and ethically responsible leaders with a commitment to service.

Kelly Shea, associate professor of English and director of the Seton Hall Writing Center, said just mercy was the clear summer reading pick for the second straight year. The book makes it easy for teachers to conduct group conversations, she said, and classes can also compare and contrast the book and the film, which was released in 2019.

About 1,500 freshmen will read the Seton Hall College Life Course Book, a one-credit seminar designed to help them acclimate to college life and connect with peers and members of the faculty. Additionally, Reverend Forrest Pritchett, Senior Provost Advisor on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, is organizing a trip for faculty, students, staff and alumni to visit the Equal Justice Initiative headquarters. from Stevenson to Montgomery.

Smith College in Massachusetts asks freshmen to read an offer from one of the colleges: The Book of Form and Void by Ruth Ozeki, former student and teacher of English language and literature. The novel is a coming-of-age story that focuses on grief and other topics, allowing teachers to lead discussions on consumerism, mental health, family dynamics, work stress, family chosen and more.

Jane Stangl, dean of the freshman class, said Smith chose the book because it resonated with the goals of the freshman experience.

Although Smith does not require students to read the summer book, he strongly encourages them to do so. The college’s freshmen number about 650, and Stangl estimates that about two-thirds of them will read Ozeki’s book. One obstacle could be the length of the book; at more than 550 pages, it is considerably longer than the previous year’s texts and could challenge students, Stangl noted.

“The book is a quality writing powerhouse,” Stangl said. “Yet we also want our students to read the book. In previous years, we’ve tended to steer clear of what might seem daunting, but the quality and intimacy of the writing is so digestible that we felt it was worth it.

Other institutions, including the University of California at Berkeley; Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania; Spelman College in Georgia; and Binghamton University in New York, do not require students to read a book during the summer, but they do recommend a book or a selection of books for new students.

Binghamton, part of the State University of New York system, suggests freshmen read Weapons of Mathematics Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neill. Kelli Smith, assistant vice president for student success, who oversees the university’s common reading experience, said this year’s book was selected for its focus on issues of race and inequality.

“The [book selection] The committee also felt that the book had the advantage of addressing issues of inequality more broadly than some of the other books reviewed this year,” Smith said.

Smith said Binghamton faculty will coordinate discussions among freshmen – who number more than 3,000 – during the first week of classes. The university also encourages all professors to incorporate the book into class discussions, she said.

Other summer book selections this year include:

  • Cancer journals by Audre Lorde, assigned to the University of Moravia
  • What I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women, editing by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman, assigned to the University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • Clara and the sun by Kazuo Ishiguro, assigned to New York University
  • Junaluska: Oral Histories of a Black Appalachian Communityedited by Susan E. Keefe, assigned to Appalachian State University
  • They called us enemies by George Takei, assigned to Bucknell University
  • The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans, assigned to Saint Michael’s College
  • Dig by AS King, assigned to SUNY Oswego
11 books to turn to when things fall apart Wed, 25 May 2022 02:05:46 +0000

“You only miss one person, and the whole world is empty.”

As human beings we have a lot to lose. Too much, one might say. Death, heartbreak, miscarriage – all presented as facts of life, but when loss seeks you out and hits you, it’s deeply personal. People will ask you to put your grief into words, to explain how you feel, but is there anything harder to talk about than grief? Clichés and platitudes come from the mouths of loved ones, from your own, all a case of good intentions rendered meaningless by an inability to say what you want to say, or even know what to say. When things fall apart, the books stay true when our own ability to feel fails. Rather, the words of our favorite writers have the power to rock us. From Didion, Beech to Barthes, these titles are, at least, a testimony to the resilience of the human spirit. So whether you’re grieving yourself, know someone who is, or just want to absorb the stories of those who have, take these 11 bereavement books as your companions.

The Year of Magical Thinking -Jeanne Didion

When the subject is grief, we all know Didion does it best. His voice, steely and down-to-earth, cuts through the insipid platitudes that threaten to suffocate at the mere mention of death. Through her own personal tragedies – the sudden death of her husband John Gregory Dunne and the hospitalization of her only daughter Quintana – Didion describes a near spiral of madness, oblivion and, as she calls it, ” magical thinking”. For the heavy hearted and those who have not yet been touched by loss.

A month in Siena -Hisham Matar

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Hisham Matar was nineteen when his father was kidnapped on the orders of the Gaddafi regime. At the time, a student in London, he spent his lunch time quietly observing the works of the Sienese school in the National Gallery in London. After a last unsuccessful attempt to find his father 25 years after the fact, Matar makes the trip to Siena with the intention of staying there for a month. What follows is a sweet and beautifully compiled reflection on grief, art and the human spirit.

Notes on bereavement – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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“Grieving is a kind of cruel upbringing,” Adichie writes. “You learn how unpleasant grief can be, how full of anger it is. You learn how flippant condolences can be felt. You learn how grief is tied to language, to the failure of language and language input. Written in the weeks and months following his father’s death, Adichie wields a language to describe the indescribable: the bitterness and cruelty of loss.

Crying in H Mart -Michelle Zauner

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We all dread the death of our parents. Some of us even play it in our head as a sort of loss training camp. How would we react? To whom could we turn? But when you have a complicated relationship with your parents, grieving can feel like a minefield. Michelle Zauner writes with precision about her mother’s slow and traumatic death; about how, as a third culture kid, Korean cuisine connected Zauner to his culture, to his mother, and how it would become a way to keep his memory alive.

Mourning diaries -Roland Barthes

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Roland Barthes will die three years after his mother Henriette. And while readers of his work will remember his book Camera Lucida: reflections on photography which briefly touched on his loss, as published shortly before his own absurd departure, it was his diary that would provide a more indelible portrait of the pain. Written on loose leaf with incomplete notes, Barthes’ diary of mourning was published posthumously in its incomplete and raw form echoing the very nature of the loss. Read it straight or please savor it, this slender volume is a real comfort.

On the mother -Sarah Ferguson

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On the mother barely worth two hours of reading, but Sarah Ferguson covers a lot of ground. Following her mother’s death, she must travel the distance between Australia and England to ensure her mother’s dignity is respected and those who neglect to care for her are held accountable. .

Sunbath – Isobel Beech

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After the loss of her father by suicide, Isobel Beech describes a period soon after spent in the mountains of Abruzzo. Invited to stay by her friends Giulia and Fab before their wedding, Beech lives simply, picking fruit in the orchard, bathing in the sun and sleeping in the birth room of the house. However, his surroundings are at odds with the dialogue going on in his head. Guilt, grief and regret engulf Beech, as she ravages her memories at all times, any interaction with her father that could be taken as a warning sign.

time is a mother – Ocean Vuong

Set in the dramatic aftershocks of his mother’s death, Ocean Vuong returns with another collection of poetry. With the nature of their relationship defined in On Earth, we are briefly beautifulhere Vuong continues where he left off, detailing his mother’s departure and exploring the importance of sitting in grief and learning to survive beyond.

An observed mourning – CS Lewis

Written as a way to avoid “crazy midnight moments”, An observed mourning is an unfiltered and honest reflection on death after the death of his wife Joy and the demise of joy itself. Even the most devout believers are shaken by grief. Or, as Lewis writes, “Nothing will shake a man, or at any rate a man like me, from his purely verbal thought and his purely theoretical beliefs. He must be knocked out before he can come to his senses. Only torture will bring the truth, only under torture will he discover it himself.

Sunset – Jessie’s Cave

From actor and now writer Jessie Cave. Sunset approaches grief from the perspective of two sisters. Polar opposites and yet inseparable, the two will be separated before either is ready following a disastrous vacation. The sister who remained standing, Ruth, thus slips into a self-imposed exile from the world. Faces blend together and with her new job at Heathrow Airport she can become virtually anonymous. It is from this moment that the story begins to take shape.

Heartbreak is the thing with Feathers -Max Porter

Max Porter lends his wits about grief with this condensed story about a father and his two sons following the death of their mother. Taking the title of a beloved poem by Emily Dickinson, Porter sets up the short story with Crow, the creation of father and literary scholar Ted Hughes who promises “I won’t leave until you need me”. Filled with dark humor but above all compassion, it’s a tale that will linger in you like the brutal pain of grief itself.

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Tenants by Vicky Spratt review – empty rooms and empty promises | Society books Tue, 24 May 2022 06:00:00 +0000

IIf the government of one of the richest countries in the world cannot adequately house the people who live there, then what exactly is its interest? Journalist Vicky Spratt does not address this case directly in her first book, but she lays bare the lack of adequacy of our state in its current state, showing how housing is scarce, dangerous, cramped, unaffordable and, above all, precarious. at the root of the ongoing public health crisis in Britain.

How did we come here? To put it bluntly, we let ourselves be bought. Instead of investing in skills, industry and people, voters were told that if they bought a home they would be ready for life, and if they didn’t it was their fault if they found themselves poor and speechless. Everyone knows it’s a failed hunt: even Michael Gove, now housing and ‘leveling up’ minister, belatedly recognized the urgent need for more social housing if he is to live up to his title.

Long before Covid, the health and wealth gap between landlords and tenants widened as house prices decoupled from incomes and the right to buy took 3.5 million social housing units out of hands public. The proportion of households renting privately – at market rates, from barely regulated landlords – has doubled by around 10% 20 years ago, pushing millions of people into housing insecurity.

Spratt began his research Tenants in 2017, after founding the Make Renting Fair campaign which, alongside the work of tenants’ union Acorn, Shelter and Generation Rent, eventually got rental fees banned under the Rental Fees Act 2019. There are so many facets to Britain’s decent and affordable housing shortage that she is careful to discuss them in separate chapters while clearly showing how each is linked.

The author, Vicky Spratt, believes that our housing problems, although complex, can be solved. Photo: Poppy Thorpe

Housing is a social and political responsibility that over the past 40 years has been entrusted to individuals in very different circumstances. Homeownership, the ultimate form of privatization, has been privileged over any form of tenure, meaning those who own see less and less common ground with those who rent. The number of households on waiting lists for social housing far exceeds the number of secure rentals that come up in each local authority, forcing people who cannot afford to buy into private rental, even when they can’t afford it.

One instance, or series, of bad luck can leave people homeless for years. Families dependent on one earner can be hit for six if the main earner is laid off or injured on the job. Spratt speaks to his interviewees over a span of months — years, in some cases — getting testimonials about how losing a safe house, or not having one in the first place, derails all other aspects of people’s lives.

She meets Limarra, a 26-year-old woman who earned two college degrees after having her child at 17, and whose worst option while her daughter is small is to get up at 4:30 a.m. every morning to run a branch of Starbucks for £230 a week net pay. She is ambitious and focused, and can afford the £1,000-a-month rent of her private flat as long as the landlord doesn’t pay it and as long as her meager income is supplemented by housing benefit.

In Peckham, their London neighborhood – near Limarra’s mother, who takes her daughter to school every morning so she can work – a grand a month in the private sector is cheap. When her landlord decides to sell, it quickly becomes clear that there are no other affordable flats in the area, but when she approaches Southwark Council for emergency social housing, she is told that they have no responsibility to rehouse her until she is literally homeless. that is, sitting in the housing office with her bags on the day her lease expires. Otherwise, she is deemed to have made herself “intentionally homeless” because she “chose” not to pay the higher rent.

“OK, now you’re homeless,” the housing officer said to Limarra, his belongings lying in a hired van outside the council offices. She is offered a flat in Croydon, miles from her mother, her daughter’s school and, most importantly, the community mental health team whom she consults directly due to housing stress. Again, she is told that if she does not accept it, she will again be classified as “intentionally homeless”. Placed in an unsanitary hostel with no privacy in Camberwell, she becomes suicidal and her daughter begins wetting her bed.

Conversely, Kelly’s family are moved into emergency housing after being “victimized evicted”, i.e. their lease was terminated by a landlord who raises their rent beyond what he can afford. In Bromley, where Kelly lived with her partner and children, she found herself across from their trusted GP who was treating her son for asthma. Once in new accommodation, she checks into another practice, whose inexperienced GP prescribes the wrong inhaler. Six weeks after their forced move to an unknown region, he died.

It is impossible to read this book without becoming nearly blinded by rage. The difference between secure housing and precarious housing is actually the difference between life and death. The King’s Fund, a health think tank, estimates the cost to the NHS of poor quality housing as £1.4 billion every year. In Germany, Spratt writes, where 40% of households rent privately, rents are kept affordable relative to income and leases are indefinite rather than requiring renewal every two years, often for decades.

Spratt returns to the point that our housing issues, while complex, can be resolved. When Covid-19 burst into our lives two years ago, the government’s Everyone in it initiative ended homelessness on the streets in the space of 10 days. Emergency legislation temporarily prevented evictions and a combination of furloughs and mortgage relief prevented mass foreclosures. She cites the Housing First programme, launched in Finland, as an example of how direct needs meeting – giving homeless people a home, with no strings attached but the support to make it a home – transforms lives.

Towards the end of the book, Spratt impressively expands his scope to consider the home to be “the base from which we engage in society, with our community.” Without housing security, we are doomed to live atomistically hand to mouth, unable to elevate our horizons beyond the four walls we are in danger of losing. Housing is not a pension, nor an investment, she writes: it is an “essential infrastructure”, not only materially, but psychologically. Until housing security is taken seriously by everyone, winners and losers alike in this toxic lottery, all our houses will be built on sand.

Lynsey Hanley is the author of Estates: an intimate story (Granta) among other books

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]]> 7 actors who have written books Mon, 23 May 2022 20:00:00 +0000

Actors are first and foremost storytellers; it’s their job to bring a character to life for the big or small screen and help tell their story while simultaneously serving a bigger story. Plus, writing is as much a creative outlet as acting, so it’s no surprise to hear that many celebrities these days are making the transition from telling stories on screen to writing them on. paper. Some are newbies, while others have growing jobs and, ironically, some have even been adapted for the screen.

Whether it’s jumping on the celebrity reveal bandwagon, flexing their creative muscles with an original idea, writing heartfelt children’s stories, or just trying to make a difference, these celebrity works have something thing for everyone. Plus, some of these actor-turned-writers are so accomplished they may consider writing a second career. While there are many more actors-turned-writers who could have made the list, we’ve only picked out a handful of our favorites that we think brought something valuable to the table. Here is a list of seven actors who have also written books.

Related: Best Movies With Characters Who Are Writers


7 Steve Martin

The legendary Steve Martin made a name for himself not only as a comedian and actor, but also as an accomplished writer. He has several published works, including a memoir, several plays and the 2001 novel Saleswoman, which has since been adapted into a big movie starring the actor himself, Claire Danes, and Jason Schwartzman. He also wrote the New York Times bestseller The pleasure of my company and, more recently, An object of beauty. You can then catch Martin in the highly anticipated second season of Only murders in the building.

6 Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher is another actress-turned-writer whose writing has been adapted for the big screen with her semi-autobiographical novel Postcards from the edge. In the book, Fisher delves into his own personal struggles with addiction through its protagonist Suzanne Vale. Both the novel and the film (starring Meryl Streep and Shirley Maclaine) were well received by critics. Fisher talks about his personal experiences that inspired the novel in this archived LA Times interview.

5 Elizabeth Olsen

In her spare time after starring in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth Olsen and her husband Robbie Arnett have written their first children’s book Hattie Harmony: Detective Concern, which follows lead character Hattie Harmony as she helps her friends and readers deal with their anxieties in simple, everyday situations like riding the school bus and talking out loud in class. The book is said to be the first in a series. Arnett and Olsen discussed the book in a recent interview with People magazine, saying “We hope Hattie Harmony will become a welcome reminder that it’s okay to speak up when we need help and always treat ourselves and others with kindness.”

4 Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke is another actor-turned-writer who has published several books, including novels The hottest state, Ash Wednesday rules for a knightand A bright ray of darkness. In addition to these novels, he also co-wrote Meadowlark, a coming-of-age crime story with fellow writer Greg Ruth and the graphic novel Indeh also co-written by Ruth. Hawke is also an accomplished screenwriter and won two major awards for his work on the screenplay of Before midnight with Richard Linklater, who was also nominated for an Oscar. You can catch Hawke in the latest Disney+ series moon knight and also in the next horror movie The black phone release scheduled for June 2022.

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3 Betty White

Besides being a successful comedian, actress, animal activist and absolute legend, the late Betty White was also a famous author. White had written several books throughout his career, including three memoirs Betty White herself, Here We Go Again: My Life on Televisionand If you ask me (and of course you won’t), to only cite a few. She has also written several books about her love of animals.

2 Tina Fey

If you like Tina Feywork on mean girls, 30 Rockand SNL then you are sure to enjoy bossypants. In the comic autobiography, Fey discusses the ups and downs of her career and her experiences as a woman in a man’s world. It’s a crisp, witty, intelligent read that will make you feel closer to the accomplished writer and comedian.

1 Hugues Laurie

english actor Hugues Laurie may be better known as the titular Dr. Gregory House of the popular medical drama House, however, he has a full resume. Many might be surprised to know that outside of acting, the multi-talented Laurie isn’t just a writer, having penned the action-packed spy spoof. The Arms Dealer in 1996, but also an accomplished musician, having released two blues albums Let them talk and Didn’t it rain. Laurie will be the next star of the Netflix miniseries The light we can’t see opposite Mark Ruffalo.

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Florida school district seeks alternative to bans for disputed books Mon, 23 May 2022 10:52:00 +0000

The big story: Florida school districts have faced an increasing number of challenges for the books on their shelves. Several have deleted titles while taking a closer look at what’s inside.

Some officials have pushed back on the idea of ​​letting a group of parents (or other Floridians) make decisions about which books the children of other parents might read. They have taken measures such as placing the contentious items behind the counter, where students must bring a permission slip to access them.

The Pasco County school system is the latest to consider a process that allows individual choice for each family. Superintendent Kurt Browning says he hopes to have something in place for the next semester. Learn more here.

Hot topics

Graduation Season: Meet the valedictorians and salutatorians of Pasco County. • Some high schools in Sarasota County and Manatee had to change their graduation times due to bad weather, reports the Herald-Tribune. • Some parents at a Lake County high school argued their children should get a new graduation ceremony after a downpour interrupted the event, WKMG reports. • Zander Moricz was told not to talk about his LGBTQ activism during his graduation speech at Pine View School in Sarasota County. He found another way to get his message across, reports the WWSB.

Climate change: The Miami-Dade County School District plans to hire a sustainability officer to help it transition to 100% clean energy, reports WLRN.

Culture Wars in the Classroom: As states, including Florida, pass stricter instructional laws on issues such as gender and race, many teachers are struggling to follow the rules, Hechinger reports.

Superintendent’s turnover: Applications have started pouring in for the position of Orange County School District Superintendent, reports WKMG. • The Brevard County Charter Review Commission has proposed making the school district superintendent an elected position, reports Florida Today.

Manuals: The Lee County School District has disputed a whistleblower’s claims that it overpaid for the textbooks, Business Observer reports. • The Citrus County School District changed its selection of math textbooks after the state rejected the district’s top choice, reports the Citrus County Chronicle. • The Brevard County School District has avoided a purchasing problem as its math textbook selections, originally on the state’s rejection list, have now been approved, Florida Today reports.

Teacher, employee salary: The Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia Counties is offering incentives to attract preschool teachers, reports WKMG. • The Polk County School District will raise its minimum wage to $15 on July 1, reports WFTS.

Other school news

Six elementary schools in Pasco County have new principals. Retirements and transfers fuel the changes.

Why would a Lee County principal sleep on the roof of his school? He lost a bet with his students, which is why, reports WPLG.

A Monroe County high school was nearly empty after threats of violence circulated in the community. Another round of threats surfaced a week later, Florida Keys Weekly reports.

Marion County schools expect an influx of thousands more students as building developments increase. The neighborhood doesn’t have enough seats to accommodate them, reports the Ocala Star-Banner.

A Miami-Dade County high school is cutting its nationally recognized dance program. Students and families are battling the move, reports WTVJ.

From the police blotter… A Miami-Dade County private school bus driver has been arrested for lewd and lascivious conduct against an underage student, the Miami Herald reports. • A Gilchrist County teacher has been arrested on six felony sex charges, reports Main Street Daily News.

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Op-Ed: Let Books Shape Your Bicultural Child’s Sense of Self Sun, 22 May 2022 10:10:35 +0000

As I travel to speak at schools across the country, I’m sometimes the first Latinx author students have ever interacted with, even in communities with large Latinx populations.

If that sounds unbelievable in a country where more than 62 million people identify as Hispanic or Latinx, consider that in 2021 only about 9% of children’s books were written by Latinx. Even fewer (7.6%) talked about us.

Additionally, we have just survived two years of school closures that have profoundly disrupted the lives and learning of our children, with disproportionate negative effects on communities of color, according to the Department of Civil Rights Office. Education. Disparities and barriers to learning have widened in many areas, including language acquisition skills and declining college enrollment.

And now we face an alarming increase in book challenges that directly target, in part, the cultural content of children’s books that often expresses the perspectives and experiences of our vast and diverse communities. There were nearly 1,600 individual book challenges in 2021, the most recorded in a single year by the American Library Assn.’s Office of Intellectual Freedom, which began tracking data in 2000.

But here’s what I see time and time again. Books and stories – even very culture-specific ones – can help children get to know themselves and others better. Encouraging your children to have a relationship with books might be the most impactful thing a parent of color can do.

So while it’s true that my work focuses on the main Latinx characters and their families, with painstaking detail about the uniqueness of our lives, it’s also true that my characters’ experiences speak to the aspirations of all children. to be loved, to have friends they can trust, and to feel seen and heard as they grow and make their own decisions.

The current climate of weaponizing children’s books for political purposes threatens this simple act of connection. It also poses a greater risk to children’s ability to develop accurate images of themselves as people with rich histories, roots, and accomplishments.

Between 2010 and 2019, newborns contributed to the growth of the Hispanic population in the United States more than any other group, according to Pew Research.

What this means, particularly in California – which has the largest Hispanic population in the country – is that we are looking at a population of school children who identify as bicultural at a time when cultural sensitivity is under attack for being the source of division and not American.

Where does that leave bicultural children? What does this do to their sense of self?

I grew up as a bicultural kid in New York. My parents were refugees from Cuba, a country they would never see again. My mother did what she could to honor my North American identity since I was born here shortly after her arrival. I was given an American name (Margaret Rose), unlimited access to “Romper Room” on TV, and later a set of World Book encyclopedias that she purchased in installments.

But she had the wisdom to nurture my understanding of my Cuban heritage with a passion that is the signature of all who are displaced. She made these connections primarily through oral tradition, as that was most available at the time. Through her many stories on the island—her teaching career, the beauty of the Sagua La Grande River, her father’s rural school—she addressed her own trauma while giving me a sense of my roots.

As she got older, her conversations became more sophisticated, built around themes of political upheaval, broken promises, and the realities of being an immigrant woman with two daughters in New York City. At 13, while I discovered the joys of Celia Cruz at apartment parties, I also knew the works of Jose Martí, a hero of Cuban independence – and who were Fidel and El Che. I knew that I came from people with a history that included struggles and accomplishments and that I was still part of that evolving history here in the United States.

There was a power in this knowledge on both sides of me, and more importantly, a precision. My family’s past was preserved for me as a sacred part of who I was, and ultimately this duality gave me the habit of shading people and events, a habit I believe I bring to writing. of children’s books.

Bicultural children will always need environments that inform both of their realities, not because their families don’t want to let go of the past, but because the past informs their current identities.

Pura Belpré, the famed Afro-Puerto Rican librarian who created bilingual materials in New York’s public libraries during the Harlem Renaissance, railed against the idea that her black and brown bilingual patrons were “culturally disadvantaged.” She has spent her career championing a range of materials and approaches that would proudly connect children to their Puerto Rican roots. “A child will be better prepared to understand the value of another culture if they know the value of their own,” she said.

During the summer, we owe our children time to heal and prepare for the coming year. We also owe them a way to experience books as recreation, connection and affirmation. We owe them stories that celebrate who they are and offer a way to understand the long tendrils of displacement that last generations in families.

If we don’t make this effort, we risk allowing inaccuracies, shame and stereotypes to replace the truth.

Meg Medina is the 2019 Newbery Medalist. Her next book is “Merci Suárez Plays It Cool”.

“I like books, but I really like people” Sun, 22 May 2022 04:12:00 +0000

WILKES-BARRE – Good reads and good meals were enjoyed in equal measure on Saturday afternoon at the northern branch of the Osterhout Free Library, as the Friends of Osterhout held their annual sale of books, baskets and pastries.

The library has held the annual book sale for about 12 years, since the North Branch moved to its current home on Oliver Street in Wilkes-Barre, according to librarian Joanne Austin.

Austin has been with the North Branch for about the same time (although she’s been a librarian for longer) and she said it makes her so happy to see the turnout for the book sale, especially now. for young readers.

“Watching the kids find something to take home is amazing,” Austin said. “We got someone to buy the whole stack of Harry Potter books.”

Everything was served at good prices on the shelves: hardcovers sold for only a dollar and paperbacks for 50 cents. Children’s books have become even cheaper.

A popular option was, for $5, patrons could take a bag provided by the Osterhout and fill it with as many paperbacks as they could hold.

On one side of the room was the “Patisserie” section of the book, basket and bake sale – a long table filled with delicious desserts, cookies, cakes and much more.

The afternoon also featured a raffle with prizes to be won, with all proceeds going to the northern branch of Osterhout.

Austin was stationed at the ticket table for the raffle and said the sale had a big rush as soon as the doors opened at 11 a.m.

She said it’s the patrons, the members of the community who use the library, that she values ​​the most.

“I like the books, but I really like the people here,” she said.

]]> Top 10 Airways Aviation Books – Airways Magazine Sat, 21 May 2022 18:21:37 +0000

DALLAS – The best aviation books to read to become a pilot can vary depending on your reading preferences. Although guides and manuals are always necessary, there are other aviation publications that can help you along the way.

What you need to learn to become a pilot will vary depending on the type of pilot you want to be. Professional pilots will need to complete two main areas: physics and math. Knowing the ins and outs of each aircraft you fly is necessary for a private pilot certificate.

From basic textbooks to memoirs and biographies, your next AV read should keep you captivated from the first page to the last chapter. Let’s take a look at some of the best possibilities.

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Staff and Rudder: An Explanation of the Art of Flying

The fundamentals of flight have not changed in the nearly 80 years since this book was created. It exemplifies the practice of flight as an art form. Wolfgang Langewiesche wants those interested in aviation to understand what happens to pilots while they fly; it is therefore a fantastic introduction for those looking to improve their flight.

This book explains a wide range of accurate descriptions of the phases of flight, and Langewiesche does so in language so that everyone can understand what pilots are actually accomplishing in the cockpit. This entertaining and informative book can benefit both new and experienced pilots.

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Weather Flying

Robert Buck is an experienced pilot who wanted to help other pilots understand the weather they encounter in the air. Dynamic weather conditions can change throughout the flight, and this book will teach you how to handle these changes safely.

When traveling in all weathers, protect yourself and your passengers while remaining confident. This FAA-recommended book can help pilots at any point in their career.

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fly wing

Fly the Wing is essential reading for anyone considering a career as a professional pilot. It’s a wonderful tool that any pilot can use to help with their training. Ideas and suggestions maintain the conversational approach of this easy-to-read book.

When you finish this book, you will have a better understanding of what it takes to be a professional pilot.

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The Thinking Pilot’s Flight Manual

Do you want to dive a little deeper into the world of aviation? After completing your flight training, the Thinking Pilot’s Flight Handbook is one of the best aviation publications you can read. When you have this option at your disposal, satisfying your passengers is simple.

Get the information you need in more areas of aviation. Rick Durden, an experienced aviation law teacher, tackles common aviation myths in this excellent read. If you liked the previous volume, The Thinking Pilot’s Flight Manual: Volume 2 is much better.

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Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge

This guide, published by the FAA, lays the foundation for the knowledge required to obtain a private or commercial pilot license. The manual, abbreviated PHAK, includes all the subjects you need to know thoroughly to pass the aeronautical knowledge component of the knowledge exam and the practical exam, or check ride.

This book covers everything from flight equipment to weather theory, aerodynamics, aircraft systems, airports and navigation.

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The next hour

In this book, former FLYING editor Richard Collins tackles the seriousness of flying with the right mindset. Navigating any difficult circumstance in the air is the mark of being a skilled pilot, so Collins helps you prepare as much as possible by reading the anecdotes and practical advice Collins gives from a lifetime of flying .

The first-hand knowledge in this book is unmatched for pilots at every stage of their aviation career. Collins’ latest book also recalls the tale of when he recognized it was time to stop flying as a captain, which is a fantastic lesson for all pilots.

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The Wright Brothers

David McCullough, the famous biographer, takes a long look at one of the most well-known but often misunderstood group of brothers to the world outside of aviation. If you want to learn more about the first powered flight of an airplane, this is one of the greatest aviation books to read, whether you’re a pilot or an aviation fan.

McCullough delves into fresh source material to piece together the story of the Wright brothers and their journey to the maiden flight in Kill Devil Hills. It’s hard not to admire their determination, especially considering the dangers they faced in developing a functional heavier-than-air aircraft.

Ernest K. Gann writing workshop. Photo: By Pi3.124 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Fate is the Hunter: Memoirs of a Pilot

Ernest Gann’s stories are unique because he was a fighter pilot as well as an early commercial pilot. Commercial aviation has come a long way, but Gann lets you experience what it was like to fly in the 1930s. His vocabulary conjures up the sights and sounds of early airliners such as the Douglas DC-3.

Pilots aren’t the only ones who enjoy Fate is the Hunter, and although it’s one pilot’s memoir, its simple language appeals to everyone.

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Fly Girls: How five daring women defied odds and made aviation history

You don’t have to be a woman or an aviation enthusiast to appreciate what these women went through to get to the skies. These women were unafraid to speak out in a male-dominated industry and they helped ensure that the women who followed them could fully explore their potential in aviation and as pilots.

Among the stories are those of Florence Klingensmith, Ruth Elder, Amelia Earhart, Ruth Nichols and Louise Thaden, who excelled in piloting and then transferred their skills to other areas of aviation.

Five Mexican pilots who attended Moissant Aviation School, seen here in 1914. Left to right: Alberto Salinas Carranza, Gustavo Salinas Camiña, Juan Pablo Aldasoro Suárez, Horacio Ruiz Gaviño, Eduardo Aldasoro Suárez. Photo: Creyes – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Wings: a history of aviation, from kites to the space age

Tom Crouch, Curator Emeritus of the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, walks you through the lives of some of aviation’s greatest pilots and more. Without their contributions, aviation would not be what it is today. It beautifully presents the stories of amateurs and specialists, leaving you with a clear idea of ​​how far you’ve come.

We think these titles are great reads, packed with relevant information and stories that anyone looking for aviation books would find worthy of their time.

Do you have any other books not mentioned in this list that we missed? Be sure to let us know on our social media channels!

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