Opinion: How ‘Abbott Elementary’ became more than a belief

Editor’s Note: Gene Seymour is also a critic who has written about music, movies and culture for The New York Times, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter @GeneSeymour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. View more opinions on CNN. CNN — Wednesday night’s second … Read more

Opinion: How ‘Abbott Elementary’ became more than a belief

Editor’s Note: Gene Seymour is also a critic who has written about music, movies and culture for The New York Times, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter @GeneSeymour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. View more opinions on CNN. CNN — Wednesday night’s second … Read more

Why I teach about banned books

RALEIGH, NC — Many of you may have heard of Banned Books Week, an annual occasion when the American Library Association highlights books that have been banned or frequently challenged in an effort to bring awareness to censorship issues. It’s a “holiday” that many libraries, both school and public, celebrate in different ways or not … Read more

Feds: 47 exploited pandemic to steal $250M from food program

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal authorities charged 47 people in Minnesota with conspiracy and other counts in what they said Tuesday was the largest fraud scheme yet to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic by stealing $250 million from a federal program that provides meals to low -income children. Prosecutors say the defendants created companies that … Read more

Global dietary quality study highlights the challenges to encourage healthy eating

On a scale from 0 to 100 of how well people stick to recommended diets, with 0 being a poor diet (think heavy consumption of sugar and processed meats), and 100 representing the recommended balance of fruits, vegetables, legumes/nuts and whole grains , now countries would earn a score around 40.3. Globally, this represents a … Read more

Here are the books banned from Central Florida schools

ORLANDO, Fla. – In the last year, there have been more than 2,500 instances of books being pulled from shelves in schools across America as conservative groups coordinate efforts to target books for numerous reasons, typically related to race or gender themes. Some of those efforts got their start here in Central Florida. [TRENDING: ‘Catastrophic:’ … Read more

At least 50 groups in the US advocated to ban books in the past year

CNN — At least 50 groups have recently played a role in the evolving movement to have books removed from schools, a new PEN America analysis shows. PEN America, a literary and free expression advocacy organization, released Monday its latest analysis of bans on school library books and class curricula that have occurred in the … Read more

Palestinian schools in Jerusalem strike over Israel-imposed books | Israel-Palestine conflict News

Occupied East Jerusalem – Palestinian schools in occupied East Jerusalem are observing a general strike in protest at attempts by Israel’s Jerusalem municipality to censor and edit Palestinian textbooks, as well as introduce an Israeli curriculum in classrooms. Hundreds of schools shut their doors on Monday morning – the latest in a series of recent … Read more

Earth Matters: Picture books can help us talk to children about climate change

Talking to kids about the climate crisis can feel overwhelming. Where do I start? What if I make them worry? Picture books take major events and otherwise scary topics and pack them into 32 pages or so of art, context and connections we share together. Picture books — along with novels and comics — are … Read more

Brooklyn Public Library has issued 5,100 free library cards to make banned books available for teenagers

CNN — As some public and school libraries pulled books from their shelves earlier this year, New York City’s Brooklyn Public Library made access to thousands of books easier for teens across the country. In the past several months, the Brooklyn Public Library has issued more than 5,100 free electronic library cards to young people … Read more