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The Mockingbird Has Been Killed

To Kill A Mockingbird

Something extraordinary has been happening today.  In case you haven’t been on Twitter, To Kill A Mockingbird has been trending.

Believe it or not British Education Secretary Michael Gove has caused an uproar by removing this book which has been a part of English study for over 20 years, as well as Of Mice and Men from the GCSE syllabus purely because of his personal “dislike” of these texts.  He wants them replaced by English works written  by pre-20th century British authors such as Charles Dickens or Jane Austen. 

The decision has also been criticised by educators and is being rumored that,  ‘It’s a syllabus out of the 1940s, that Michael Gove, designed the new curriculum himself,’ and that he’s on a mission to ban all American texts from British study.

Really? Wow!

What’s awesome about the backlash is finding out just how many people world-wide are chiming in with anger at this decision…and you thought nobody read anymore.

Apparently, To Kill A Mockingbird has been one of the most influential books read in our time, instilling a sense of connection with one’s fellow man/woman, taking the ideal of erasing prejudice and racism to great lengths in our hearts, minds and actions.

The new curriculum is going into effect in 2015.  Let’s hope we don’t have an American backlash to the extent of no more Shakespeare, or Dickens or Austen for us here in the “Colonies”.  That would be more than a shame, it would be an erosion of culture.

Thanks for the wake up call Mr. Gove. Cheers!

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Michael Gove wants students to learn from the English classics (Picture: PA)





Parade.com emailed us early this morning and asked Gia On The Move to share an article about Food Network star Guy Fieri, who will be presenting his new cookbook  Guy on Fire, and his summer cooking secrets with Parade this Sunday.

The mayor of what he dubs “Flavortown” sits down to discuss the most common grilling mistakes, coping with critics, and how the death of his younger sister changed him. “Life goes by in a click,” he says. “You gotta enjoy it in a massive way.” Some excerpts below:

On the biggest grilling mistakes people make:

“The most common problem is not cooking with enough fire or cooking over coals that haven’t established themselves. But using lighter fluid, I think, is the biggest mistake people make. It’s nasty and you don’t want it in your food.”

On what people should be cooking that they’re not:

“People are very phobic about fish. And if they do cook fish, they fry it, which kills all the flavor. Tuna is probably the most readily accessible, easy to work with, and best tasting.  So try searing some ahi. … If you’re feeling adventurous, grill up some marinated octopus. It’s so healthy.”

On getting skewered by a New York Times critic, who wondered if he had even eaten at his Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square:

“I’m not going to make everybody happy. And anybody who wants to hate is going to hate. You have to be confident in who you are and what you’re doing.”

On Bobby Moynihan’s impression of him on Saturday Night Live:

“I love it. Whenever he’s done it, he’s texted me the next day to ask how I liked it, and I always tell him he’s brilliant. But my goal is to go on SNL doing Bobby doing me, alongside Bobby doing me. Wouldn’t that be nuts?”

On the death of his sister, Morgan, in 2011:

“That she could get melanoma and die within a year—I’ve always been aware of the tenderness of existence, but it reminded me to live for today.”

On what his ideal future looks like to him:

“One of my favorite places in the world is Mexico, and I have a little piece of property down there. … The end game for me would be living on the beach. The days I want to cook, I’d open my restaurant, put a flag out in the sand, and cook whatever was fresh. I love to cook for people. It’s my honor, honestly. It’s what I have to give.”

 For more from Guy Fieri, and to visit him at his rustic family compound in Santa Rosa, Calif., check out Sunday’s Parade and go to this link for the exclusive story on Parade right now:  http://bit.ly/1gAuP4s

Take Two | A Dual Review of What’s New by Chloë Sevigny vs. Elaine Stritch


Sent directly to Gia On The Move by  The New York Times MagazineTwo of our favorite leading ladies: The Oscar-nominated actress and the New York performer/legend sound off on rap music, books, and Zabar’s breakfast.

Chloë Sevigny, an Oscar-nominated actress and perennial downtown It Girl who will next be seen in March playing a detective on the A&E crime drama “Those Who Kill,” takes on Elaine Stritch, Emmy- and Tony award-winning performer whose cabaret at the Carlyle Hotel, where she once lived, is a New York legend. The documentary “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” will be released by Sundance Selects this month.

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Friday Reads: Text Synched With Audiobooks Improves Reading

70127We are really big on education here at Gia On The Move.  So when we received this article submission from NAPSI it was an easy decision to repost the content.

Reading is Fundamental. That was the theme and message for children growing up in the early 70’s, and it’s one that has stuck around.  But learning reading skills isn’t just for children. Adults benefit in so many ways too. So for our #FridayReads theme day: here’s how you can make reading easier and fun:

(NAPSI)—For millions of students with learning disabilities like dyslexia, reading is often greatly improved when they can hear and see the printed word at the same time.

Specialists report that listening to audiobooks while following the printed text allows many of these readers to take in information and enjoy learning without struggling over each word.

Paul B. Yellin, M.D., founder of The Yellin Center for Mind, Brain, and Education, describes the process: “Many children understand language that they hear at a higher level than language they read on their own. Audiobooks allow children to access information at this higher level. And very often, reading skills are best improved if the listener follows along with the written text.”

Dr. Yellin points to new formats like VOICEtext from Learning Ally, which highlights each sentence on-screen as a human narrator reads it, making it easier for readers to follow along.

“Having the ability to actually see a word highlighted while hearing it read allows a child to access content by reinforcing the linkage between ‘how a word looks’ with ‘how a word sounds’ and supports the development of independent reading skills,” he says.

Whitney D. Hall, Ph.D., a psychologist specializing in cognitive assessment, agrees, saying, “The benefit of adding on-screen text that is highlighted in synch with the narration is that this more closely simulates the act of reading. Following along while hearing the material narrated allows a child to practice using their reading skills.”

How Text Synched with Audio Improves Reading

• Improves skills for decoding each sound in a word

• Enforces letter-sound associations

• Improves sight word recognition

• Enhances vocabulary

• Increases comprehension

Learning Ally, a national nonprofit, maintains the world’s largest library of human-narrated audio textbooks for students with disabilities. More than 80,000 titles (including almost 2,000 of its most popular selections in the new VOICEtext format) are downloadable to smartphones, tablets and computers that students use every day.

“Combining human speech with synchronized text in an audiobook is ideal for many students’ particular learning profile,” says Dr. Yellin. “And by using narrators who provide accurate tone and inflection throughout the book, Learning Ally audiobooks can improve understanding for the reader.”

For information on Learning Ally’s affordable memberships for families and schools, visit www.LearningAlly.org/Join.

“What’s Up Walt?” – The Man Behind The Magic

Walt Disney, How To Be Like Walt, books(NAPSI)—If you’re like many people who’ve seen Disney movies (and who hasn’t?), especially the new “Saving Mr. Banks” starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson about the making of “Mary Poppins,” you may want to know more about the man behind the magic, Walt Disney himself.

Well, now you can, in the pages of a fascinating book on this cinematic pioneer who captivated audiences for decades and led a life of imagination, perseverance and optimism that lives on in the hearts and minds of people around the globe.

The authors, Pat Williams with Jim Denney of “How To Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life,” not only develop a unique profile of this icon of family entertainment, they focus on what they call Disney’s learnable skills.

They share lessons gleaned from an in-depth study of this icon of American family entertainment covering a broad range of Disney’s ideas—dare the impossible, unleash your imagination, and stay the course by never giving up (“Be a Person of Stick-To-It-Ivity,” as Disney expressed it).

As Art Linkletter, who wrote the foreword, puts it, “Of all the books written about Walt Disney, this may be the most important.”

The book is available in bookstores, on Amazon and directly from the publisher, HCI Books, at (800) 441-5569 and www.hcibooks.com.

Holiday Family Time – How We REALLY Feel About It

It may surprise you to know that as a culture, we’re not quite as selfish as we thought we were: In a completely anonymous poll of 4,554 ONLINE SHOPPERS, “receiving gifts” came in as everyone’s least favorite holiday activity—across all age groups. Spending time with family was far and away everyone’s favorite part of the holidays. Women are definitely more anxious and stressed than men…no revelations there…and everone ranked cooking and eating as their favorite activity as opposed to Reading, which came in dead last. Ha! No wonder why New Year’s dieting resolutions continue to stay popular! And only 0.4 considered spending time with families — torture (that’s pretty strong, but ok, someone said it!)

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Mercedes Helnwein: No Way Home October 19th

art, booksAs always, in high style, on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19th, 4 – pm, the Merry Karnowsky Gallery is hosting the book release and signing of Mercedes Helnwein’s Art Book NO WAY HOME.”

Limited to 1000 copies and published by Zero+, “NO WAY HOME” explores the complete range of Helnwein’s dynamic figurative work from film stills to large-scale oil pastel portraits and from theatrical groups of individuals to the isolated person.

Shana Nys Dambrot in her essay states, “Helnwein is first and still primarily known for her operatic, large-scale portraits. Heroic, silent monuments to slight imperfection and psychological projection, these arresting, anti-iconic portraits are unsettling and wry. They exercise an assertive psychological power that perpetrates a kind of memory-seduction of the viewer; and quite aside from the pleasing proportions, evocative line and color, and incisive maxi-minimalism of her visual style, that primal level of engagement is a huge part of the impact of the work.” And Mercedes comments, “There’s a lot of psychological content. I don’t know what to say really to explain it. In my head there must be crevices where this is coming from and reasons why it makes sense, but I’m not always told about these. All my visual work is loaded with plots — I just don’t know them all in detail. People often come up with what’s going on in a particular work. I love that this happens. The more stories something inspires the better.








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