Books for kids - or not? Giftedness: A blessing or a curse? Your Voice, at tvoparents.com, explores these issues April 24 and May 1, 2007



    Your Voice
    Live Tuesdays at 1 pm ET at tvoparents.com

    TORONTO, April 17 /CNW/ - Who decides what's appropriate reading for our
kids in school? How can parents and educators keep gifted children challenged?
In the weeks ahead, Your Voice, TVO's exclusively online interactive parenting
show, will tackle these topics. Parents and caregivers can participate in the
discussion and get their voices heard by visiting the Your Voice page at
tvoparents.com.

    "Not a Bedtime Story"
    April 24, 2007 at 1 pm ET
    Last year, controversy around the book "Three Wishes: Palestinian and
Israeli Children Speak" by Canadian author Deborah Ellis, led the Toronto
District School Board to ban the book from school libraries serving children
below Grade 7. This year, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board briefly
pulled David Guterson's "Snow Falling on Cedars" off its library shelves and
English class reading lists after an anonymous complaint about its sexual
content.
    Should schools be censoring books? Isn't the goal to encourage reading,
and to offer a variety of options? Who decides what is appropriate for our
children? We get insight and advice from guest expert Peggy Thomas, president
of the Ontario School Library Association.

    "Gifted Children: Too Smart for School?"
    May 1, 2007 at 1 pm ET
    We often think that parents with gifted children have no problems. After
all, their kids are smart, right? But gifted children have special needs, just
like any other child who falls outside the range of what's considered normal.
    Do our schools have the resources to help these kids make the most of
their gifts? Joanne Foster, instructor at the Ontario Institute for Studies
for Education at the University of Toronto (OISE) and author of Being Smart
about Gifted Children: A Guidebook for Parents and Educators, helps us
discover the answers.

    About TVO
    As Ontario's public educational media organization, TVO creates safe,
enriching and fun learning experiences for children, offers support to their
parents, and encourages active citizenship through a range of media platforms
that allow for interaction and participation in our province. For information,
visit tvo.org.





For further information:

For further information: Angela Garde, (416) 484-2600, ext. 2305,
agarde@tvontario.org


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