1. Amazon is now selling more electronic books than hardback books. (Of course, Amazon is selling for the Kindle, and other companies are selling their own ebooks--you can see some of the ebook readers on the widget in the right margin). Amazon said that over the past three months, it has sold 143 Kindle books for every 100 hardcover books sold. Over the past month, Amazon has sold 180 Kindle books for every 100 hardcovers sold, it said.
2. 27 states have adopted the common core standards already. That is amazing-- a year ago there wasn't even a draft of these standards and now more than half the states are going to require these.
3. Time Magazine published a terrific article, The Case Against Summer Vacation (Aug 2). It points out the benefits to literacy development of having kids engaged in academic activities year round.
4. International Reading Association continues to have leadership problems. Recently, their new Executive Director was removed and replaced with Acting ED Mark Mullins. Good luck, Mark. Hope you get things going the right direction again.
5. The growing anger towards education and educators being expressed by the political left. There was a time when teacher's unions would get a friendly hearing from the political left; that no longer seems to be the case. I am fascinated by what is going on in Washington, DC, where they have started removing weak and ineffective teachers. There is interest in bringing that approach to a school near you. Stay tuned.