Learning to Read on Zero Dollars a Day
“Twenty years ago,” she says, “we had challenges helping kids find enough information. Now we have the opposite problem. There’s plenty of information out there. Now it’s a matter of training students to think critically about what they find. Because 90 percent of what they find on the Internet is garbage.”
Not to be missed: Anthony Doerr’s tribute to libraries and librarians in the NYT Op Ed, and the challenges they face with a $0 yearly budget. (!!!!!)
Every single time I drive through the Fort Pitt Tunnel, I’m stunned by the view on the other side. I love Pittsburgh.
From The Perks of Being a Wallflower:
“There’s something about that tunnel that leads to downtown. It’s glorious at night. Just glorious. You start on one side of the mountain, and it’s dark, and the radio is loud. As you enter the tunnel, the wind gets sucked away, and you squint from the lights overhead. When you adjust to the lights, you can see the other side in the distance just as the sound of the radio fades to nothing because the waves just can’t reach. Then, you’re in the middle of the tunnel, and everything becomes a calm dream. As you see the opening get closer, you just can’t get there fast enough. And finally, just when you think you’ll never get there, you see the opening right in front of you. And the radio comes back even louder than you remember it. And the wind is waiting. And you fly out of the tunnel onto the bridge. And there it is. The city. A million lights and building and everything seems as exciting as the first time you saw it. It really is a grand entrance.”