Students Asked To Write Suicide Notes

Controversy as Prep School Teacher Asks Students To Write Suicide Notes

News by Dean Fetzer June 13, 2013
An assignment at a New York prep school asks students to compose “suicide notes from the perspective of a suicidal character in the book "The Secret Life Of Bees."
California School Trades Books for Toy Guns

California School Trades Books for Toy Guns

News by Dean Fetzer June 11, 2013
During “Safety Day”, an elementary school in Hayward, California set up an exchange program offering books for toy guns to encourage kids to take firearms seriously.
Reading to a child raises his or her IQ by 6 points

Wanna Boost Your Child’s IQ? Read to Them!

News by Dean Fetzer
After looking at a number of studies, researchers believe “reading to a child in an interactive style raises his or her IQ by over 6 points.”
Schooled by Deena Bright

Ohio School Teacher Faces Stiff Punishment for Writing an Erotic Novel

News by Christopher Shultz December 13, 2012
The teaching career of one Carol Ann Eastman is on shaky ground. Will her writing career take off as a result?
Catcher in the Rye dropped in favour of 'informational texts'

UPDATED - US School Curriculum: Classics to be Dropped in Favor of “Informational Texts”

News by Dean Fetzer December 11, 2012
In a move guaranteed to incite criticism, American literature classics will be replaced with non-fiction books to get pupils ready for the workplace.
The Most Dangerous Game Joel McCrea

“The Most Dangerous Game” Goes Too Far For Colorado Mom

News by Dean Fetzer November 6, 2012
The mother of a Brighton, Colorado, 8th-grader was shocked to discover a homework assignment requiring him to answer questions about the short story, in light of a recent child abduction and murder.

Screw Your Education: Shut Up And Write

Column by Keith Rawson July 10, 2012
A Bachelors, an MBA....Pfffft, who needs it? Why not just try living and writing instead?

Seriously Though, Do I Really Need An MFA?

Column by Rob Hart June 12, 2012
It's a tough question many writers struggle with: Is it worth it to get an MFA? On one hand, you get intense instruction. On the other, you pay A LOT of money. Can we talk about this?

Won't Somebody Please Think of the Children?

Column by John Jarzemsky March 29, 2012
Advocates of censorship often invoke the name of children to support their cause, but repression of literature borders on abusive.
Parents Sabotage Children’s Education via Censorship

Parents Sabotage Children’s Education via Censorship

News by John Jarzemsky February 10, 2012
Two Michigan parents are once again undermining the educational efforts of the public school system in order to avoid properly raising their children.
Chicago Cops Pick up the Pen

Chicago Cops Put Down the Cuffs, Pick up the Pen

News by John Jarzemsky
A new course offered at the Chicago Police Academy allows officers-in-training to explore their creative writing potential.
Tuscon Bans Ethnic Books

Tucson Unified School District Says Banned Books Aren't Really Banned

News by John Jarzemsky January 19, 2012
Spokespersons for the Tucson Unified School District say the banning of several textbooks has been "widely and incorrectly reported."

Required Reading: The Pros and Cons

Column by John Jarzemsky January 11, 2012
Anyone who ever went to school has been forced to read stuff that they hated. Does the concept of a required curriculum do more harm than good?
Wordstock 2011

Geek Out With Fellow Book Nerds At Wordstock 2011

News by Joshua Chaplinsky October 3, 2011
Portland's annual celebration of literature and literacy takes place October 6th - 9th