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Making The Hunger Games Your Bible…Literally

In case you haven’t heard or read enough about The Hunger Games in the last two weeks, here’s some out of the ordinary Hunger Games news for you. A Bible study group from North Carolina has been hosting Hunger Games-themed Bible study classes.

That’s right. According to this article by The Huffington Post, two reverends, Andy Langford and Ann Duncan, say they’ve found a number of parallels between The Hunger Games and the Bible, like selfless love and sacrifice. Since January, about 80 people have attended their sessions called “The Gospel According To The Hunger Games Trilogy.” The pastors say they felt this would be a good way to relate to teenagers in their churches, as Duncan explains.

“We’re not trying to make [the series] something that it’s not, but we’re trying to find themes that we as Christians can relate to,”Duncan said in a press release.

The study is available as an e-book on Amazon, as a means to reach people outside of their North Carolina community. So what do you think? Does The Hunger Games have religious undertones? Is this a good way to get people talking about religion?

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Introducing Classics To Babies

They’re called “board books.” By the name, you might not know to what I’m referring, but you’d recognize them. They’re the little square-shaped books for babies and young children that are made out of thick cardboard. The pages are more like slices of wood than pieces of paper. And now it seems, publishers are taking to these board books to introduce the literary classics to young children.

According to this article by The Montreal Gazette, BabyLit books are now featuring stories by Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet), Charlotte Bronte (Jane Eyre), and Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice). As Bernie Goedhart explains, publishers say this is a good for young children.

The series, we’re told on the back covers, “is a fashionable way to introduce your child to the world of classic literature.”

Is it though? Do children at the ripe old age of 3 really need to know about Romeo and Juliet and their willingness to die for each other? I understand getting the kids to read the classics early, but I hardly think waiting until they’re 10 and 11 years old is late. What do you guys think?

 

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The State of School Libraries

I remember the first time I visited my school library and was told by the librarian “This isn’t a library.”

“What is it, then?” I thought, as I looked around at the bookshelves fully stocked with books and a world of imagination and information.

“It’s a media center.”

At first, I had no idea what that meant. But as I got older and took on more research projects, I learned the true meaning of “media center” and came to appreciate it. The days we were given to do research in the media center were so fun, not only because it meant less lecturing, but  because we learned how to use all these programs I’d never heard of before — like LexisNexis, a large database of public records and information. Not to mention, the librarians — or rather, media center specialists — usually pulled for us the materials we would need.

But as school budgets are slashed and more teachers find themselves unemployed, school libraries and media centers face major cuts — no new books, no full-time staffing, no additional programming. I thought art education cuts were bad enough. Now this?

According to this essay by The Huffington Post, a group made a petition to fight education cuts that would force schools to be without fully operational media centers.

As a lover of learning and the daughter of a high school family and consumer science teacher, I’ll be the first to say how important it is to make sure our schools continue to get sufficient funding, no matter what kind of budget crisis our country faces. Children deserve it.

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