Thursday, September 07, 2006


Scholastic Inc just's the "linky-thing"

and a snippet or two:

"After a thorough review of the original guide that we offered onlineto about 25,000 high school teachers, we determined that the materials didnot meet our high standards for dealing with controversial issues," saidDick Robinson, Chairman, President and CEO of Scholastic. "At the sametime, we believe that developing critical thinking and media literacyskills is crucial for students in today's society in order to participatefully in our democracy and that a program such as 'The Path to 9/11'provides a very 'teachable moment' for developing these skills at the highschool level. We encourage teachers not to shy away from the controversysurrounding the program, but rather to engage their students in meaningful,in-depth discussion."

"As we have done with many discussion guides in the past related tomajor events, we encourage teachers to engage their students in theseimportant discussions about news, media and public opinion. Understandingand evaluating media messages can be challenging for adults and youngpeople alike and developing media literacy skills is critical for studentsin order for them to be well-informed participants in our democraticsociety," added Robinson.

my comment: "No S$#@ Sherlock!

Well, at least Scholastic is trying to do the right thing.....ABC? WELL, NOT SO MUCH....

1 comment:

LoLo said...

As a former teacher who depended on Scholastic Magazines for discussions and projects relating to up-to-the-minute news topics, I have been following this controversy closely and am delighted to discover that Scholastic has caved to public pressure. (I admit I did my teensy part to add to this pressure today!)