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    1. 1. Issues and Trends… Day 6
    2. 2. Children: At Promise or At Risk? <ul><li>The following Web sites correspond to the six &quot;At Risk&quot; categories discussed in your textbook. Of course, there are many other organizations working to solve these problems, but these sites will give you a good idea of how some educators, mental health professionals, government groups, and local communities are trying to address these important issues. Take a few moments to peruse each site. Then choose the three organizations that are most interesting to you and answer the questions below. </li></ul><ul><li>National Dropout Prevention Center </li></ul><ul><li>National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy </li></ul><ul><li>NEA Health Information Network </li></ul><ul><li>National Institute on Drug Abuse: NIDA Goes to School </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Suicide Prevention Program (Washington State) </li></ul><ul><li>Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network </li></ul><ul><li>No matter which three sites you chose, you will find that they offer guidelines, statistics and strategies to assist youth at risk. What patterns do you notice in the data? Resources? Strategies? </li></ul><ul><li>How might these organizations work together? Based on these Web sites, how do you think school districts can respond to the needs of students who fall into several of these categories (e.g., homosexual and suicidal)? </li></ul>
    3. 3. Censored Curriculum <ul><li>A certain amount of censorship has always existed </li></ul><ul><li>Excluded information – sensitive or controversial </li></ul><ul><li>Textbook editors take no risks (Eisner, 1994) </li></ul><ul><li>Alienate no one. Models of the dull, routine and the intellectually feckless </li></ul>
    4. 4. Focus of Controversy <ul><li>Anti-family </li></ul><ul><li>Criticism of the free enterprise system </li></ul><ul><li>Anti nationalism or disrespect toward traditional values </li></ul><ul><li>Obscene language </li></ul><ul><li>Racial bias or criticism </li></ul><ul><li>Creationism vs. Evolution </li></ul>
    5. 5. Over-reacting? <ul><li>Traditional nursery rhymes have been banned because of so called subliminal messages about sexism, drugs or religion! </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    6. 6. Banned Books <ul><li>Articles </li></ul><ul><li>Most frequently banned books </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Most challenged books of 2009 – includes Twilight. </li></ul><ul><li>When Teachers Skirt Tough Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Banning Books from the classroom </li></ul>
    7. 7. Textbook Curriculum <ul><li>Central feature – the textbook is the curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Stress on written words </li></ul><ul><li>Influence nature and sequence of a course </li></ul><ul><li>Authorized materials list </li></ul><ul><li>Author’s views on what knowledge is of most worth </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>Quickly outdated but costly to replace </li></ul><ul><li>Stilted in writing – need for readability </li></ul><ul><li>Reading formulas fail to account for prior knowledge, experience, interests </li></ul>
    9. 9. Why do we continue to rely on textbooks? <ul><li>Outline </li></ul><ul><li>Relatively inexpensive </li></ul><ul><li>Summarize a lot of information </li></ul><ul><li>Take home material </li></ul><ul><li>Common resource </li></ul><ul><li>Pictures, graphs etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching aids –summaries </li></ul>
    10. 10. Good textbooks are: <ul><li>Well organized </li></ul><ul><li>Up to date </li></ul><ul><li>Accurate </li></ul><ul><li>Relatively unbiased </li></ul><ul><li>Scrutinized by scholars, educators, minority groups </li></ul><ul><li>Matched to reading level and knowledge base of intended audience </li></ul><ul><li>Accompanied by teacher’s manuals </li></ul><ul><li>Selected with care </li></ul><ul><li>Not THE curriculum </li></ul>
    11. 11. Open Source Textbooks <ul><li>http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Flexbooks </li></ul>
    12. 12. Digital Textbooks <ul><li>http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>customizable </li></ul>
    13. 13. From Dick and Jane
    14. 14. <ul><li>Simple, repetitive sentences, colorful illustrations, and a secure, unhurried sense of childhood characterize Dick and Jane readers, a staple of American education from the 1930s through the 1960s. Dick and Jane textbooks, however, presented a world that was more ideal than true-to-life for many Depression-era schoolchildren, as Carole Kismaric and Marvin Heiferman suggest in Growing Up with Dick and Jane: Learning and Living the American Dream . In the images below, Dick and Jane delight in their dog Spot's adventure with a frog, while the pictures encourage young readers to fill in the plot line. </li></ul>
    15. 15. …to Harry Potter
    16. 16. <ul><li>Think of books you read as a child at school and books children read today – gender roles? </li></ul>
    17. 17. Bias Evaluation Instrument <ul><li> </li></ul>
    18. 18. 2020 Vision <ul><li> </li></ul>
    19. 19. So…Shift Happens? <ul><li>Curriculum is dynamic and ever changing </li></ul><ul><li>“Truth and reality are whatever the individual or group discuss it to be.” </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Now What? </li></ul>
    20. 20. Did you Know? <ul><li> </li></ul>
    21. 21. Article – Life in Classrooms <ul><li>Guiding Question When completing this reading, think about the following question, Does this article mirror in any way your work setting? </li></ul>