Investors Urge Apple to Do More to Protect Children From Smartphone Addiction

By Tim Hardwick for MacRumors.com Apple should do more to reduce growing smartphone addiction among children, said two major investors on Monday (via USA Today). In an open letter to the tech giant, New York-based Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System wrote of their increasing concern about the effects of mobile devices and social media on youngsters, urging Apple to…

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The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, is one of the Reading Kingdom’s recommended books for children. Reading expert and Reading Kingdom creator, Dr. Marion Blank explains why: This book, initially published in 1908, is a classic in books for children. Its four key animal characters combine to create a magical quality that is irresistible. At a child’s level, the story is about friendship…

When a first-grader’s wrong answer was better than the right one

By Valerie Strauss for The Washington Post Here are a few tweets that stand all on their own for entertainment value, the work of Bret Turner, a teacher at the private Head-Royce School in the hills of Oakland, Calif. Turner has been teaching for seven years in the first and second grades, and is also a musician and writer, sourdough…

Ask Dr. Blank: If children were only going to read 3 books in their entire lives to make the greatest impact, and you were the one providing the 3 books, which books would you choose?

Dr. Marion Blank, Reading Kingdom founder, answers: I am drawn to challenges but I must admit that this request had me stymied. Out of the wonderful world of books, it seemed impossible to pick only three. Then as I thought about the issue, I realized that one of the great attractions of books, for me, is their power to reveal…

A focus on writing in every class is key to success in this rural California district

Jesse Sanchez, principal at Brawley Union High School in Imperial County, was alarmed when four years ago he read proposals seniors submitted for voluntary end-of-year projects on topics such as nutrition and community service. “What I was reading wasn’t making any sense,” said Sanchez, principal of the main high school in Brawley, a town in a remote desert region of California…