"As a secondary English teacher for 42 years, this was yet another affirmation that Alexie’s book was affecting the lives of students, even those not in my classes. Few books have elicited this kind of response from students. Comments from readers ranged from, “This is the first book I’ve ever read,” to, “I’ve been there Mr. D, honest. It’s my life story."
— Classroom best place for controversial novel - Opinions | Tri-City Herald : Mid-Columbia news
"The rise of screen-based media has not melted children’s brains, despite ardent warnings otherwise: “It does not appear that time spent using screen media (TV, video games and computers) displaces time spent with print media,” the report stated. Teens are not only reading more books, they’re involved in communities of like-minded book lovers. The Story Siren, a young adult online book review authored by an Indiana graduate student gets 3,500-4,000 unique page views a day."
— McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: The State of Publishing: Young People Are Reading More Than You.
I was drinking out of my Princess mug (looks something like this) the other day after class… it was the day that Hannah had introduced us to the Bechdel Test, I believe. I realized: the Princess mug doesn’t pass the Bechdel Test, either.
Peggy Orenstein, in her NYT article “What’s wrong with Cinderella,” touches on the non-interactivity of the way that the Princesses are marketed:
"Mooney [Disney marketing executive] picked a mix of old and new heroines to wear the Pantone pink No. 241 corona: Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Mulan and Pocahontas. It was the first time Disney marketed characters separately from a film’s release, let alone lumped together those from different stories. To ensure the sanctity of what Mooney called their individual “mythologies,” the princesses never make eye contact when they’re grouped: each stares off in a slightly different direction as if unaware of the others’ presence" (Orenstein, fourth paragraph on page 2).
However, Orenstein doesn’t explore the implications of this isolation. What do you guys think? Should the princesses be kept separate to maintain the “individual ‘mythologies’” or should they pass the Bechdel test?
(Originally posted by me at http://mediatinggenderthrufairytales.blogspot.com/2010/09/notes-on-isolation.html )
826 is a national non-profit that’s dedicated to helping kids with writing, both creative and expository (DREAM JOB!) They’ve highlighted some pieces that were written by kids on their website:
(from the LA chapter)