Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Help If You Can

This is my pal Liam's second grade class, and a worthy cause if you can help! Non-fiction is always Liam's choice at the library, and I love being able to help bring books to his classroom.
"I teach a brilliant bunch of second grade students. We are high-need, low income school.
Students need a variety of reading material at hand in order to become engaged readers! Second graders love non-fiction text which we currently have very little of in our classroom. We also have limited space in which to display books.
I found this great bookstand which needs little space, yet provide a front faced view of books. This provides excitement and motivation to read non-fiction text. We study communities and bees in second grade, and the texts I have chosen will enhance our curriculum units!
Only through your generous gifts can we provide excellent reading opportunities for our students. Our children need to read non-fiction books which creates learning opportunities and motivation to learn more! Thank you for your willingness to make a difference!

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Lis said...

Guilt trip? Just kidding.

Laurie said...

oh total guilt trip. But I also really like the DonorsChoose.org website; it has tons of worthy projects in the public schools all over the place.

Dr. John Maszka said...


I'm doing research on how American foreign policy affects popular support for terrorism. My theory is that America’s hegemonic activity fuels popular support for terrorism, but I need data to support that hypothesis. I plan to conduct a large international survey in order to collect that data. Before I conduct the survey, however, I need to devise a survey instrument that is non-biased (non-western, non-white). I strongly believe that the biggest reason that America is losing the war on terror is that we aren’t listening to the people that matter the most—everyone else. The same principal applies to my survey: it won’t do any good if I’m not asking the right questions.

So I’m asking for your help.

I’ve put together a pre-survey questionnaire to help fashion a survey that hopefully will ask the right questions― one that takes race, religion, and gender issues into consideration rather than just making the same old geopolitical assumptions that political scientists in my field tend to make. I’m particularly interested in incorporating the views of women, non-whites, and people living outside of America and Western Europe. The final survey will go out once the pre-survey data has been collected and analyzed.

The survey can be accessed at


Please take a moment and fill out the survey.

Thank you!
Take care,

John Maszka