If you're a student, you may have harbored the fantasy of learning lessons while you sleep. Who wouldn't want to stick on a pair of headphones, grab some shut-eye with a lesson about, say, Chinese history playing in his ears — and wake up with newly acquired knowledge of the Ming Dynasty?
Sadly, it doesn't work. The history lesson either keeps you from going to sleep, or it doesn't — in which case you don't learn it.
Affton High School English teacher Cathy Cartier can now add "Missouri Teacher of the Year" award recipient to her resume.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says Cartier came to teaching later in life, following a career in social work. She also then served as a substitute teacher in the school district where she now works.
"I know that when I build relationships with my students I can aim high," Cartier said. "They will always amaze me."
Banning books in schools is nothing new, but a project launched today by the Columbia Missourian examines which Missouri schools challenged which books, and why, since 2008.
Check out the project via the link, which includes a map, interactive graphic and more. Some schools from the St. Louis region also make appearances in the data.
Book challenges run the gamut, both in rationale and result The project | Sunshine requests for public records of book challenges were sent to all 566 Missouri school districts asking for all correspondence regarding book challenges since Jan. 1, 2008. Responses to the requests came in from 495 of the school districts.
The US Department of Education is waiving all No Child Left Behind requirements for Missouri schools.
The federal law requires students to meet proficiency standards in reading and math by 2014. Missouri applied for a waiver after roughly 18 percent of districts in the state failed to meet yearly academic goals.