But I can't not mention this. Yesterday at Diana Peterfreund's blog, she wrote a post that ended with something that really made me glad I homeschool. According to a NY Times article approximately 75,000 schools are using this 'Reading Management' software thing that assigns point values to books, and then the students have to read x-number of points. Don't get me wrong. I don't have a problem with that idea when taken at face value. If I'd only just heard about this thing, I might've even thought it sounded great. The problem comes when there doesn't seem to be any objective reason for assigning points to any given book. I mean, seriously, a Gossip Girls book got more points than HAMLET? WTF? Anyway, I said I wasn't going to rant, and there I go doing it, so I'll let you consider the ramifications behind teaching our kids that pop culture carries more weight than great literature. Feh.
Look ahead folks. What you see is the world of Fahrenheit 451 creeping closer...
And speaking of speculative fiction, I got a lead on an agent who's currently looking for dystopic novels. Since I haven't sent Blink to her, I'll be jumping on that later this morning. Yay. I really love this book, and I won't give up on it until I see it in print.
In other news, Biggest Loser starts tonight. I can't
Of course, now Tuesday nights are hell for me. NCIS, the WSOP and Biggest Loser??? All on at the same time? Crap. I suppose I should be grateful they don't show college football on Tuesdays, too. I'm torn enough as it is.
Lastly, I just wanted to mention that even though I haven't written much this year (compared to the last two years), I've been reading up a storm. So much so, in fact, that I've almost reached the amount of books I read all of last year and it's only September. Wow, there've been some awesome books published in 2009, and there are plenty more yet to come. Some of my favorite current authors have topped themselves this year, and the future promises even better stuff. I'm in awe of these people.
Your turn: Anything to add about any of the above? Read anything awesome this year? What shows are you anxiously awaiting? Or do you have a peeve to get off your chest?