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LIAR: How do you define "nappy" hair?

While I give tremendous kudos to Justine Larbalestier for getting a new cover to her soon-to-be-released book, Liar, I must take issue with the new cover, too. Guess what, Justine? The new girl doesn’t have "nappy" hair either. Sorry. I know it must have been a tremendous feat to get it changed but I can’t stay quiet about this. In a blog post, the [...]

Teaching Students About Racial Profiling: "Education is the key"

My dear cousin, Monica Hayes, is an educational consultant, and she and I have had discussions recently about the Gates/Crowley racial profiling incident. And with all news stories of this magnitude, my question is always, how can we make it palatable for students to understand? Here’s my intereview with Ms. Hayes. AB: The Crowley/Gates debate has me wondering about [...]

"A new children’s novel about Ku Klux Klan" by Susan Simpson

The following story was originally published Aug. 4, 2009, in The Oklahoman. The story is reprinted with permission from The Oklahoman.  Lawton story offers lessons for Oklahoma students – Professor pens tale of bigotry by Susan Simpson.  The author of a new children’s novel about Ku Klux Klan activity in Lawton hopes school libraries and [...]

Euna Lee and Laura Ling: a lesson plan on their release

My broadcast journalism students will be happy to know that I am diligently working on their fall lesson plans. An important news story they will be reporting on is the capture/conviction and release of Euna Lee and Laura Ling from a North Korean prison. Euna Lee and Laura Ling: A lesson plan securing their release 1) Using TIMELINER [...]

NYJTL and Reading is Fun!

Who says you cannot READ and play?  I spent yesterday and today in the sweltering heat, watching my kids play in a tennis tournament for the New York Junior Tennis League at Crotona Park in the Bronx. The highlight was not only watching the kids have a great time, learning the art of tennis, but the [...]

Banned from Club Penguin?

Yesterday, my daughter was banned from Club Penguin for 24-hours! For those of you unfamiliar with Club Penguin, it’s basically a newbie, social-networking site for kids. Children can travel through virtual rooms, gain points, and are basically there to have a good time, while meeting other penguins.  JIST DON’T MAKE A TYPO! Here’s what got my baby, banned. She inadvertently typed, "I’ll [...]

Banned from Club Penguin?

Yesterday, my daughter was banned from Club Penguin for 24-hours! For those of you unfamiliar with Club Penguin, it’s basically a newbie, social-networking site for kids. Children can travel through virtual rooms – as penguins - gain points, and basically to have fun while meeting other penguins.  JIST DON’T MAKE A TYPO! Here’s what got my baby, banned.  She inadvertantly typed, [...]