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Will Technology Save Public Education? Answering Dr. Jim Taylor

I read Dr. Jim Taylor’s editorial in the Huffington Post this morning, entitled Will Technology Save Public Education? | Dr. Jim Taylor. For whatever reason, I couldn’t post a comment on the Huffington Post site, so here it is: The problems of the disadvantaged are too deep to be addressed only in the public schools. But […]

The Case for Good Taste

My first post on this blog, back in June 2011, was about the furor over Meghan Gurdon’s article entitled, “Darkness Too Visible.” From the extreme reaction the article received, you’d have thought Ms. Gurdon advocated burning books in the village square. YA authors–at least some of them–were up in arms, breaking out the torches and […]

Three Fun Reflections on the English Language

I’ve been trying, with limited success, to participate in Nanowrimo this month.  My extracurricular activity has really cut into my blogging time, but since I write in English (the American version), I want to pay tribute to the weirdest, most difficult language on Earth by sharing some great links.  Teachers, especially those who teach English […]

The momsread.com Book Report Format

The first post for this YA and Teen Fiction book blog was published in June.  I can’t believe it’s taken so long to see some results for all that work!  This summer, I experimented off-line with the format that momsread.com book “reports” would take; I consulted with friends, writers, and teachers to hone the type […]

Getting Excited About August Camp NaNoWriMo

I’m so pleased that the great folks at NaNoWriMo have developed Camp NaNoWriMo for those of us who love a high adventure writing experience to brighten up our summer.  Thanks guys! NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month, began way back in July, 1999 in the San Fransisco Bay Area.  This event, held every […]