Making Bold Choices Wisely
So you’d think in this day and age when TV, movies, and the Web make the viewing of “mature” material hard not to experience that challenges to books would be a rare occurrence.
The latest data on book challenges from the American Library Association does show a downward trend in book challenges but still the average is one a day in the United States (Huffington Post, Sept. 30, 2012). That’s 10,000 since ALA began its data collection and The Office of Intellectual Freedom estimates that only one quarter are reported and recorded (Englebert, Sept. 29, 2012).
We’ve discussed the importance of being open and upfront about the books you choose to share with your students, be that in whole class direct teaching, small group inquiry or books clubs, independent reading projects, or your classroom library for recreational reading. And shared tools like teacher blogs and web sites as windows into your classroom and curriculum (be sure to offer option of subscribing via email or RSS feed) and Google Voice can be helpful if you send messages to parents who may find it easier to respond via voice. Email marketing companies like Contactology also offer free services to educators so spiffy eNewsletters can be sent via email.
Frances Bradburn, who shared of her vast experiences as a librarian, state-wide technology director, and lifelong advocate for young adult literature via some video clips, has graciously set aside some time this week to respond to lingering questions that you may have about making bold choices. Please post your questions below and click “replies via email” so you’ll be prompted when Frances or others have posted responses.