The more you read, the more you know.

February 8, 2018

The more you know, the smarter you grow.  The smarter you grow, the stronger your voice.  When speaking your mind or making your choice. This quote is displayed on a banner outside the library door.  It is true!!! Reading makes you smarter! Wealth is not about money it is about the choices available to those with an education. For those of you with young ones at home, consider 1000 books or 1000 hours of reading before kindergarten. Nurturing the love of reading is one of the best gifts you can give a child to prepare them to be a lifelong learner.  

At Lexington High School, assignments are given with the intention of more than earning a grade.  The intent is to embed lifelong literacy skills.  Currently some of our junior English students are working on a class assignment that requires the writing of an argumentative paper.  Plenty of quality resources are available to support this project; specifically almost 400 print titles or eBooks that offer background information and/or opposing viewpoint essays on topics that are seldom clear-cut with simple solutions.  Two subscription databases, Opposing Viewpoints and Points of View Reference Center supplement these book resources.  Available in these databases are hundreds of viewpoint essays, statistics, reference materials, magazine articles, audio files, news articles, academic journals, video clips, primary resources, etc.   The purpose of these resources is not to persuade students, but encourage them to think critically and become more discerning readers -- a lifelong literacy skill. (Also great ACT prep!!)  Discovering there can be many viable answers to complex issues in a world that confronts us daily with diverse and contradictory information, can be a complicated and frustrating struggle. Part of our work as professional educators is to equip students to navigate this struggle in ways that deepen their understanding with whom they might disagree and promote the common good.  The editors of the Opposing Viewpoints Series write, “Those with whom one disagrees should not be regarded as enemies but rather as people whose views deserve careful examination and may shed light on one’s own.”  Thomas Jefferson once said that, “difference of opinion leads to inquiry, and inquiry to truth  . . .  if a nation expects to be ignorant and free . . . it expects what never was and never will be.”                                                           Mary Bergstrom – School Librarian