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The Great Books

Epic literature comes in unexpected packages. We forget that all the rules of the greatest books also apply to children’s literature, so-called…and that children need great literature. “Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play,” says Philip Pullman, author of The … Continue reading

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Reading about Reading

In David Denby’s recent book, Lit Up, the New Yorker magazine writer embeds himself with several quite varied American high schools in order to explore the state of reading and teaching literature at the secondary level. A few items caught my attention as they affect the middle level and the “onramp” to secondary school language … Continue reading

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The Education Watershed

The Weekly Packet, June 11, 2015 Graduation season turns my thoughts to our watershed—our education watershed. Perhaps it was our 5-6th graders visiting nearby Snow’s Cove to learn about the Bagaduce. They now know why oysters that grow in the top layer of water at Little Island Oyster Company are sweeter and less briney than … Continue reading

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The Snowball Commissioner Holds a Press Conference

By Todd R. Nelson The first significant snowfall of the year had blanketed the school playground—the raw materials for sledding, building forts, and sculpting snow. It also meant the opening day of snowball season! So the Commissioner of Snowballs called a press conference. “Good Morning. I’ll read a brief statement and then answer questions,” said … Continue reading