You searched for: real common sense
March 11, 2013
There are a lot of books out there that explain the facts of life. Why did you want to write one?
Partly because I disagree with the facts as they are usually presented! The“facts of life”usually mean the facts of only some people’s lives, and really they end up meaning the facts of some idealized life that no one actually lives. So I wanted to write a book for kids about where they came from that would more closely represent the actual story. I’d like to think this is the book Mrs. G would write.
What Makes a Baby is surprisingly funny in parts (I hadn’t ever thought of the uterus as funny before your book). Was it important to you to make the book humorous?
I wanted to write a book that both adults and kids would actually want to read. So much sex education is well meaning but has a feel of required reading to it.
Kids write letters to thank taxpayers for paying for their education – inspired by Brian Kahn’s Real Common Sense
August 30, 2012
Brian Kahn, author of “Real Common Sense” inspired a new project to teach school children about taxes and have them write letters to taxpayers thanking them for supporting their education.
“It is a simple concept really, that we should all be grateful for the benefits we enjoy at the expense of other people, and that it is not unreasonable to make the effort to thank somebody for them. Yet the concept touches upon deeper concepts of the role of government in peoples lives and our connections to the communities in which we live.”
“It’s a book expounding values to revitalize America,” Kahn said of “Real Common Sense.” “It occurred to me as I was thinking about public education, that when I was growing up I had no idea who was paying for my education. I took it for granted, and I think most kids take it for granted. So I suggested that twice a year, kids be asked in all public schools across the United States to open the phone book, pick a name and write a letter thanking a taxpayer for helping to pay for their education.”
Read the entire article in The Great Falls Tribune.
August 7, 2012CAN WE REALLY TAKE BACK AMERICA FOR THE 99%? YES ! AND USING OUR NATON’S FOUNDING PRINCIPLES, REAL COMMON SENSE TELLS US HOWEducation reforms: Teach citizenship in our schools.The Founders believed in a community of citizens, not consumers.We need reforms in our schools to teach citizenship:Real Common Sense proposes that all children in public school should be asked twice a year to write lettersto folks picked randomly from the phone book, thanking them for helping to pay for their education.Real Common Sense proposes that to graduate from high school, every student should be required to pass a comprehensive test on Founding values, the Constitution, and the responsibility of citizenship.Real Common Sense proposes that after leaving high school, every young American should provide the nation with one year of public service—civilian or military—as a way of thanking the nation for the gift of ahigh quality education.
April 26, 2012
If horror is your genre, environmental writer Brita Belli’s The Autism Puzzle, is the book for you. Her terrifying look at the chemicals we eat, drink and breathe is guaranteed to make your hair stand on end.
April 2, 2012
On her game Dys4ia: “It was a game about my experience being frustrated and feeling vulnerable, and not being able to have a conversation with my girlfriend without bursting into tears afterwards,” Anthropy says. “And people keep telling me that they cried playing the game, they played the game more than once and cried every time. Absolutely that was the experience that I wanted to create.”
March 20, 2012
“That’s why Dys4ia is such an interesting game; it deals with subject matter that most of us aren’t familiar with, and asks us to interact with it on a personal level. Do I know how going through the problems described in the game feels? Not in the slightest. I’m a straight, white, male. It’s hard for me to relate when I read books or articles about these issues, but there is something special that happens when the mechanics of games are used to get the point across. Suddenly things click into place, and it feels immediate. The struggles of the game’s protagonist became real.”
December 15, 2011
“But amid all this ‘Stieg industry,’ as the late author’s life partner, Eva Gabrielsson, put it, a crucial element often has been overlooked: Just how much Larsson embedded in his novels a fundamental passion of his life — his crusade against neo-Nazism and violent far-right movements, which he viewed as anathema to Sweden and to all modern society.”
October 25, 2011
“In a community as desperately inbred as the one that surrounds videogames, I think it’s important to confront potentially sheltered players with the fact that identity and sexuality are far broader than they may have assumed.”
September 30, 2011
“Though the mainstream media have stayed clear of this topic, the truths about the Fed are leaking out all over the web, so Big Brother has a solution. The New York Fed is seeking a vendor to help it monitor online conversations about the Federal Reserve. It wants “an alerting mechanism that automatically sends out reports or notifications based [on] predefined trigger[s].”’
August 9, 2011
“It is as if the narrator of Tea of Ulaanbaatar has landed in a maze of trench warfare. And where the narrator lands, so too does the reader. It’s an astonishing effect…” – SheWoreRedShoes reader review at LibraryThing