Dyslexia

Dyslexia

Dyslexia
The Problem of Reading Retardation
Hepworth
1971

Reading and learning to read are fascinating subjects. Holly and I both had undergraduate degrees in education and we have quite a few lively discussions on techniques and child development. We have come a long way in understanding how the developing child learns to read. For the most part, teachers during my time were breaking students into 2 groups: regular and special: there was no room for nuance. Toward the end of the 1980s and in the 1990s, there was real progress in diagnosis and treatment of dyslexia. In addition, accommodation to students with learning issues were very much a part of mainstream schooling.

child care

How to Choose and Use Child Care

How to Choose and Use Child Care
Reynolds
1980

This isn’t too bad of a title, but the book is more on philosophy of what you need in child care.  The book reads as if every parent has a variety of options and an unlimited budget. There is a particular emphasis on church sponsored child care, especially for supporting spiritual development. There is also a subtle judgment about mothers that need childcare. This one is for the weeding pile.

Ideas are the Heart of a Program cover

Programming Gone Wild

Ideas are the Heart of a Program: An Innovative Programming Forum
Artz
[198?]

Submitter: Our submission is from an academic library.  We just withdrew this today. Why are the guy’s pants falling down at the Polaroid Scavenger Hunt? And we think A Kiss is Still a Kiss is just asking for a sexual harassment lawsuit.  The sentence “The Police Department saved up their coupons for a weekend with the Superintendent” sounds sketchy at best.

Teaching English

The English Department in a Changing World

The English Department in a Changing World
Knott
1985

Submitter: The cover says enough to explain why this 1985 publication is an awful library book. What’s striking, though, is how little has changed. Thirty years later, English departments still fight to justify their existence to administrators and parents, contend with dwindling resources, and struggle to include diversity in their curriculum.

Don't sit on the kids

Don’t Sit on the Kids

Parents, Please Don’t Sit On Your Kids
A Parent’s Guide to Non Punitive Discipline
Cherry
1984

We have featured some truly awful parenting books on this site. Anyone remember this God, The Rod, And Your Child’s Bod we featured back in 2016? You might have tried to suppress the memory. Not only is that title awful, the contents are even more frightening. Or how about this one from 2010?

Thankfully, there is an antidote to the above books.