Monday, June 15, 2015

A Random Assortment

~ I don't think it's new, but I just discovered and love this L'Arche online art exhibit. (Wish I could see it in person.)

~ Because it's just security theater:
TSA agents failed 67 out of 70 tests run by undercover investigators with the Department of Homeland Security, where DHS agents were able to smuggle fake explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints

~ I like this libertarian reading manifesto (for children! so it's free-range-y):
Agreed: We need to do more than just help children learn to read —we need to help them learn to love reading and make reading a habit, even a craving. But in many schools — unintentionally, tragically — a kind of creeping police state emerges around reading. It’s not enough for some teachers to tell children to read for, say, 20 minutes or half an hour each night. Many children must report back with a “reading log” in which they record not just the titles and authors of the books they’ve read, but also the number of minutes spent reading and pages read. Never mind that this exercise turns something private and immeasurable into a piece of data. Isn’t it teaching, above all, the art of the fudge?

~ I'm happy this building is being developed.

~ There's a lot to like about Free Range Parenting, not the least of which is calling attention to these abuses of Child Protective Services. I mean these abuses are seriously frightening. I hope there's reform and soon:
Only cereal, for the past few days. That's not going to kill anyone, obviously. But if you're arresting parents for not supervising their kids for 90 minutes, it's more than a little hypocritical.
~ "Here’s how my graduating class ended up with 72 valedictorians"--the click-bait got me. Did you know that this is a thing?!
~ I think I love this
Bibliotherapy is a very broad term for the ancient practice of encouraging reading for therapeutic effect. The first use of the term is usually dated to a jaunty 1916 article in The Atlantic Monthly, “A Literary Clinic.” In it, the author describes stumbling upon a “bibliopathic institute” run by an acquaintance, Bagster, in the basement of his church, from where he dispenses reading recommendations with healing value. “Bibliotherapy is…a new science,” Bagster explains. “A book may be a stimulant or a sedative or an irritant or a soporific. The point is that it must do something to you, and you ought to know what it is. A book may be of the nature of a soothing syrup or it may be of the nature of a mustard plaster.” 

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