Today was the first day of school; meetings, meetings, meetings. Seems as though education is shifting toward a therapeutic approach. By that I mean, students are assessed for strengths and weaknesses and if it is diagnosed that there is a delay, a prescriptive approach is used to teach the needed skills. This is essentially what I've been doing in speech therapy for the past twenty years. The result is... I will probably be immune to the philosophical shifts taking place. OK by me.
My room is adjacent to the library. When I perused the stacks of new books I saw the latest incarnation of every girl's favorite detective Nancy Drew. Newly-appointed supreme court justice Sandra Sotomayor was greatly influenced by Nancy Drew as a girl. So were Ruth Ginzberg, Sandra Day O'Connor and Oprah. Anyhoo... Nancy Drew in 2009 is presented as the main character in a graphic novel (aka a comic book style format). Not only that, but the visual rendering of Nancy is greatly influenced by Japanese anime. The image above is today's Nancy Drew. I really don't know what to think.