The scorching 93 degree heat on Saturday was not enough to deter throngs of book lovers from coming out for the 10th Annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Library of Congress. Art Beat took to the National Mall for some “reader-on-the-street” -style interviews.
The Obama administration rolls out its plan to revamp the No Child Left Behind Act this week, aiming to give schools more flexibility in how they evaluate students. Jeffrey Brown talks to two education policy experts. Continue reading
As the recession pushes more readers into cash-strapped libraries, some are turning to electronic books to satisfy their literary appetites. Ray Suarez looks at this nascent industry with two publishers. Continue reading
To “e-read,” or not to e-read? That was the question on the minds of publishers, authors and librarians gathered in New York City this weekend for the industry’s massive annual trade show, BookExpo America.
Some schools across the country have launched new cash reward programs to improve students’ test scores, despite concerns from some educators over what role money should lplay in children’s motivation. John Tulenko of Learning Matters Television reports on the debate. Continue reading
An Education Department report disclosed the ineffectiveness of No Child Left Behind’s $6 billion student reading program. State education officials Douglas Christensen of Nebraska and Michele Goady of Maryland debate Reading First’s merits. Continue reading
A survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that young adults aged 18 to 30 frequent public libraries more regularly than older people, despite the advance of personal computers and the Internet. Guest essayist Julia Keller of the Chicago Tribune reflects on the road ahead for public libraries in the modern era. Continue reading