Friday, April 28, 2017

What does your local public library offer in its Children's Section about Islam and other religions?

Dear Chicago Public Library: 
I happened to be looking for good reads for my 5th grader as usual today. Something fun, something that would raise her spirits, stretch her intellectual muscles, feel great, feel curious, feel proud.
So I found myself in the Children’s Religion Section. Oodles of Bible stories, Jesus books, fun and colorful books on Christianity for kids; a big stack of fun and colorful books on Judaism.
And between those stacks, a sliver of books on Islam. --- Read more --
Isn't it a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to have fluff books on some religions and critical books on others in a children's section of a public library?

Monday, April 10, 2017

Shabana Mir Tells Story Behind "Umar and the Bully"

From Shabana Mir's blog:

"[Twenty] years later, I assumed [Umar and the Bully] was no longer relevant. Imagine my surprise when I discovered, a few weeks ago, that Umar and the Bully is still being used and recommended for anti-bullying work in schools."

Read about the circumstances in which Professor Shabana wrote that book.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Ernest Hemingway's Warning About Those Who Come to Divert You From the Path of Significance

In the last chapter of Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway warns people doing significant things to avoid seduction by the popular, rich and powerful:

The rich have a sort of pilot fish who goes ahead of them, sometimes a little deaf, sometimes a little blind, but always smelling affable and hesitant ahead of them. The pilot fish talks like this: “Well I don't know. No of course not really. But I like them. I like them both. Yes, by God, Hem; I do like them. I see what you mean but I do like them truly and there’s something damned fine about her.” (He gives her name and pronounces it lovingly.) “No, Hem, don't be silly and don't be difficult. I like them truly. Both of them I swear it. You’ll like him (using his baby-talk nickname) when you know him. I like them both, truly.”