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Copied from From the New York Times- Article written by Walter Dean Meyers March 15, 2014

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Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books? Of 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, just 93 were about black people, according to a study the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin. Reading came early to me, but I didn’t think of the words as anything special. I don’t think my stepmom thought of what she was doing as more than spending time with me in our small Harlem apartment. From my comfortable perch on her lap I watched as she moved her finger slowly across the page. She probably read at about the third grade level,...

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Teaching Independent Children

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By Maren Schmidt  We are raising adults, not children. Our job as parents (and parent support systems) is to guide our children to complete independence. Little by little, day by day, we help our children develop skills and take on more responsibility until they can run at full speed on their own two feet. Unfortunately, it is often easier for us to do skill-building jobs ourselves or hire someone to do it, than to teach our children these skills. If we don’t teach skills how can we expect our children to act with responsibility, or “respond with ability” when opportunity...

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Trying to quell Racial Tensions through Literature

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Trying to quell Racial Tensions through Literature

In this climate of racial tension, we must ask ourselves if we are doing everything possible to bring awareness to the young people that we serve in our classrooms.  Teaching is a predominately White Woman's profession.   According to the National Center for Information in the Profile of Teachers in the U.S. 2011, 84 percent of teachers are female; 84 percent of teachers are white (Feinstritzer 2011). However, according to an article by Lesli A. Maxwell (2014) in Education Week, “The new collective majority of minority schoolchildren—projected to be 50.3 percent bythe National Center for Education Statistics—is driven largely by...

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