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An Interesting Story from India, by Vijay Rana, says books have yet to become a part of Indian life. He quotes writer Anita Desai once saying on the British TV, \"No Indians are not book reading people.\"
He goes on to say that in developed countries book reading is a part of essential curriculum. Book reading children have a better and quicker grasp of issues, they also have improved writing and communication skills, that are so vital for overall success in life.
Gary Deane sent over This One that says Teachers should allow boys to bring Pokémon trading cards into the classroom, let them go on Internet chat rooms and encourage them to relate school texts to television shows such as the Simpsons.
The problem may be that they are simply bored with the conventional curriculum. While they are less interested in fiction or traditional literature than girls are, they read more on the Internet and memorize vast amounts of detailed material from games or stories they read in the newspaper, the research showed.
An Interesting Story From Thailand on children, and books.
They say According to the Library Association of Thailand, Thai students read only five books a year. That averages less than one book in two months. Moreover, half of these five books are supplementary reading mandated by their schools.
They say this is due to a number of troubles.
Good PR for The Washington County (OR) Cooperative Library Services, in the Beaverton News, in the form of an interview with Angela Reynolds, youth services librarian.
Starting next month, Reynolds will offer a free class on \"How to Pick the Best Books for Your Children\" at six libraries within the county system.
Sometimes I suggest a book on tape, because I can tell they just don\'t want to read. If you can hook them on the tape, if they get into the fact that there\'s a story there, they might go \"Oh, I like that.\"
Slashdot pointed the way to This BBC Story that says disturbing evidence is emerging that computers may harm, rather than help, educational progress. There is still much debate among even the most enthusiastic supporters of high technology about how computers can best be used.
The Text transcript is online.
The organizations are doing good, but libraries should at least get a mention. After all, we do provide access to a virtually unlimited amount of children\'s books at no charge.\"
A cute, heart-warming antidote to articles about Harry Potter protests:
Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg writes about borrowing the video of Bergman\'s The Seventh Seal from the library, at the insistance of his 7-year-old son. As a follow-up, the Jewish lad asks dad to read him the Book of Revelation.
\"The International Children\'s Digital Library is a place where kids all over the world can find lots of books from many different countries. It\'s a place where kids can read as much as they want without having to pay a lot of money or travel very far to find the books. If you have a computer and access to the Internet, you can see books from places like Croatia, Egypt, Japan, New Zealand, the United States and more!
SomeOne writes \"(The New York Times is reporting on a new Web site called the International Children\'s Digital Library (icdlbooks.org ) which is making children\'s books available for free on the Web. The books, targeting children from ages 3 to 13, reflect several cultures and are available in different languages. (Currently the ICDL site requires a direct Internet connection such as a cable modem or DSL; telephone dial-up connection is expected in 2003.) \"
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This One that says it\'s important for parents to spend time with their children when they are surfing the Internet to help them find what they are looking for and read to them if need be -- as well as protect them from inappropriate content. \"Parents should teach their kids about Internet safety and surf the Net with their kids whenever possible,\" says Ms. Voors of the ALA, who is also head of children\'s services at the Allen County, Ind., public library. It\'s like learning to swim, she says. \"Sure, parents teach their kids to swim, but they don\'t let them swim alone.\"