What is the ultimate goal of an educator? Is it to prepare students for standardized tests, leveled groups, and administrative requirement? Is it to pWhat is the ultimate goal of an educator? Is it to prepare students for standardized tests, leveled groups, and administrative requirement? Is it to provide a welcome environment for open thought and experimentation? What are our internal questions regarding education, and how can we answer them through real world application?
These are some of the questions William Ayers tackles in this graphic novel. A veteran teacher, Ayers uses anecdotal bits to highlight ways in which he himself has faced, and in some cases fought for, these ideals and also those teachers or community members who have also changed the way that learning is broached. Examples include his own classrooms, those of his children, former students, and groundbreaking teachers throughout the country.
Topics go from the very abstract, "Is Productive Work Going On?", to the practical, "How can I design my classroom for productive learning?" Ayers has clear issues with the imposition of administration and standardized testing on the uniqueness and ability levels of children and teachers, but he does make it clear that he understands some of the reasoning, but wishes for more opportunity to reevaluate the methods.
Fans of Waiting for Superman, or other education reform pieces may like this short and sweet entry. The graphic format lends itself to the observations teachers make, the nuances of young children and teens, as well as the bits of humor found in everyday teaching....more
I was very impressed with this book, but I'm sure it will be the type to get tons of reads in my library's teen room, but not actual checkouts.
I'd leaI was very impressed with this book, but I'm sure it will be the type to get tons of reads in my library's teen room, but not actual checkouts.
I'd learned of the Midwest Teen Sex Show a while back when searching for good resources to direct my teens to about sex and reproductive health. The show is almost jarringly blunt and unrestricted and the conservative in me screamed out in fear. LOL Yet, I found it extremely informative and honest. The same can be said of my experience with the book.
Nikol Hasler, founder of the Midwest Teen Sex Show teams up with doctors and other professionals to hash out this funny and blunt force course in sex and sexual health. While her wit can seem crass at first, as demonstrated especially by the bovine p0rn on the cover, as you begin to actually read, it is very easy to see how a book like this can be important for teens and even some under-experienced adults.
Hasler is even-handed in her approach towards all genders and sexual preferences. Her explanations are clear and direct, and leave absolutely nothing to chance or imagination. For this, I am grateful. So many resources about sex, especially those directed towards young people, tend to leave out the uncomfortable bits and pieces in the hopes that some parent somewhere will do the dirty work. Hasler understands that this is exactly WHY a book like hers is necessary, because parents DON'T want to have these conversations. No mom I know is about to brace the convo of anal penetration. Just isn't going to happen. And if it did, I'd be hard-pressed to find a teen who'd be comfortable listening to it.
Those are the topics that this book simply doesn't shy away from. From stimuli to fantasies and fetishes, she tells it all. Which is probably why I'm sure there will be a parent coming in to complain about it eventually. Some of her advice and information begins to come across as step-by-step instruction. For example, when one teen asks for advice on whether or not he's a pervert for wanting to try anal sex, her response starts with "The human body is a wondrous thing with many places to put a penis"...
UM..Okay.. I don't need you telling my 15 year old that, lady!
That being said, she always follows her jokes with sound information and research. She makes no qualms about the fact that while sex is a fun and natural thing, it is also a big decision, and one that no one should be pressured into or doing if they aren't sure about. She is fair and supportive of those wanting to wait or those teens feeling pressured to even pretend that they've "done it" just to avoid being teased by peers, even to the point of advising them to "come out" about being abstinent in the hopes that they'll help some other teens who want to be proud of their virginity.
If there was anything I would have changed, it would have been to address the reader with the idea that sexual health is important so that they can live the adult life they choose in regards to building a family, etc., but for what it was worth, Hasler included a great amount of valuable information.
In all, I was very pleased with the amount of good information found packed inside. Adults who are uncomfortable with open sexual dialogue presented to teens will hate this one, but teens who are curious will find it the best thing they've read in a while. I would suggest to any adult who picks it up, that they try and remember their own teenage curiosity and work backwards from there rather than reading it with "what they know now"....more
Not only was it humorous, but the illustrations were perfect. Although it is a great title for talking about being different, I found it would be alsoNot only was it humorous, but the illustrations were perfect. Although it is a great title for talking about being different, I found it would be also a good book for discussing adoption....more
The mayor visits a school library and finds it very different from the quiet and peaceful space he is used to. He decides that this is too much noiseThe mayor visits a school library and finds it very different from the quiet and peaceful space he is used to. He decides that this is too much noise for a library, and changes everything. He soon learns that the noise he was so uncomfortable with, is what MAKES the library.
I have to say, as someone who worked with administrators who believed the same "quiet/peaceful" philosophy, this was a great book to illustrate how libraries truly are. I would recommend it to read at staff development days, actually. LOL Reminding teachers and administrators that a busy library is a working library. Great job....more