I won’t type much, for a couple reasons:
1: I’m between mouses and I hate my touchpad. I can’t turn the damn thing off without a mouse, so I’m stuck trying to type without bugging the touchpad. It keeps moving my cursor around, or highlighting sections, etc., and just generally driving me crazy. I had it set (I thought) to stop working while I’m typing, but it doesn’t seem to respect that decision. Stupid touchpad… Anyway, I’m upset enough, and then I see this:
Kansas Lawmakers Consider Bill that Would Enable Prosecution of Educators for “Offensive” Material
Which leads me to reason number -
2: How much do I really need to say about this? It is wrong on so many levels, all of which the above article covers pretty well. But I want to point out one thing in particular that I find disturbing. The senator who introduced the bill is quoted as saying, “Right now if a teacher were to give pornography (to a student) … it is not likely at all that a prosecutor would take the case because there is such a high hurdle protecting our schools.” That’s pretty ridiculous - the bill was precipitated by a sex ed poster; generally speaking, sex ed materials are not considered pornography, and any teacher handing out actual pornography would be pretty heavily censured. So, apparently, there’s a pretty big divide between what is generally accepted as porn and what the senator would like to label porn, at least as it applies to middle school kids. (I am assuming the senator would not object to adults reading over sex ed materials; I could be wrong about that, too.)
So who would decide what constitutes “offensive” or “pornographic” materials? Not the teachers, obviously. Will all educational materials have to pass some sort of inspection? What if some parents are offended by materials teaching evolution, and others by bad science? What if they’re offended by the wording of math problems? And what in the world will kids read, when parents can be offended by books as innocuous as Green Eggs and Ham and The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. (And I’ll point out that both books were banned for reasons amounting to “They’re pornographic!”)
Many teachers and school boards, confronted with the mere possibility of being sued should someone be offended by genuinely educational materials, will, no doubt, start self-censoring. They may want to use a particular book or curriculum, but decide to go with something less likely to cause trouble, even should this second choice be a terrible one for the kids, in the end.
And now I’m going to stop typing, because I hate this stupid touchpad. I hate it so, so much…
Happy Mardi Gras!!!
So, I fully intended to go see the parades this morning, but it was cold and wet and my bed was nice and warm. Yep.
Also, still no book review; it’s coming, I promise.
I hate doing them. Sort of.
I dread them, and Michael has to cajole me into doing them. Then we finally get started, and it’s not that bad. I end up saying, “Huh. That’s okay.”
Over the course of the next year, though, I fully expect to start dreading them again.
|With my refund, I can buy a nicer pair of shoes for Spring. Maybe two pairs!|
I finished Some Hope, and will be posting a review tomorrow. It was…surprisingly hopeful.
The bookbindings above are as odd as they are rare. In fact, I encountered my first only a few days ago while browsing Folger Library’s image database of bookbindings. The binding is called “dos-à-dos” (back to back), a type almost exclusively produced in the 16th and 17th centuries. They are like Siamese twins in that they present two different entities joint at their backs: each part has one board for itself, while a third is shared between the two. Their contents show why this was done: you will often find two complementary devotional works in them, such as a prayerbook and a Psalter, or the Bible’s Old and New Testament. Reading the one text you can flip the “book” to consult the other. The last image above is a unification of no less than seven devotional works printed by the same printer (Feichtinger, Lintz, 1736-1737), showing that the constructions could also encompass much more than just two texts. In the 20th century this type of binding enjoyed a revival with the Double Ace books, which featured two short science fiction stories.
Pics: St Andrew’s University Library, Bib BS2085.C27 (top); Washington, Folger Shakespeare Library, STC 23811.2 (two pics), STC 2907 (broidery); Chetham’s Library, shelfmark unknown (editions from 1629, 1633); Ed. J. M. Feichtinger, Lintz, 1736-1737 (from this sales catalogue). Other examples from the Folger here. A nice one auctioned off at Christie’s here.
Still reading, thanks for asking. No, the book isn’t getting much better. Why haven’t I put it down yet? Sheer stubbornness, mostly.
Here’s my Throwback Thursday pic:
|Not my natural hair color, no.|
Man, I look different with short hair. Also with blue hair. Ah, the college years…
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