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J.K. Rowling Removes ‘Harry Potter’ Copyright To Allow Teaching

Many things have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and that includes the way children are being taught. Now, author J.K. Rowling has granted open license for teachers to use the Harry Potter book series as a teaching tool while kids are being homeschooled.


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Teachers are now allowed to read from Rowling’s books via video recording in order to teach their students. It is very important for children to keep reading, especially in times like these. So Rowling and her agents the Blair Partnership have temporarily taken away the copyrights to allow teachers to read the series to their students.


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Of course there are certain guidelines that teachers have to follow when they teach by using Harry Potter. The guidelines have been posted on Rowling’s website. Teachers can record their videos only by using secure school networks or educational platforms. However, this license is only temporary and the videos will be deleted at the end of the school year.

Teachers anywhere in the world are permitted to post videos of themselves reading from Harry Potter books 1-7 onto schools’ secure networks or closed educational platforms from today until the end of the school year (or the end of July in southern hemisphere).

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Teachers all over the world can now read Harry Potter to their students, allowing them to open the children’s eyes to magic and adventures while they are being homeschooled during these uncertain times. You can follow along with the hashtag #HarryPotterAtHome – just don’t read under the stairs.

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Coronavirus Shut Down School? Scholastic has a Solution!

Schools across the nation are unfortunately closing due to the coronavirus pandemic. This means that millions of students will be stuck at home with either their classes on hold or their schools switching to an online class plan. Still, this strategy of staying home can be a bit anxiety provoking.


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Despite schools being closed, Scholastic has just launched a program called Learn at Home, where students (particularly children) can continue to study and learn with special “cross-curricular journeys.” According to their website, the company has day-by-day projects that are designed to keep children’s brains stimulated while they are at home.  Parents, rest assured that your children will still be getting some form of education.


Scholastic’s website has daily courses for students from Pre-kindergarten to grades six and higher. If, for example, you have a child that is in grade three, four, or five, lessons that they would be learning are hottest and coldest places, facts about our first president, George Washington, or building dominoes with math! Scholastic’s learning plans cover all the things your children would be learning in school.


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According to an article by CNN, senior Vice President and editor-in-chief of Scholastic Classroom Magazines said that “as more and more teachers, students, and families around the world are affected by the coronavirus, our priority is to support them in the best way we know how — by providing them with rich stories and meaningful projects that will keep kids academically active.”  Each grade level has about five days’ worth of content, each offering about three hours of learning per day.  Scholastic also said in a news release that another fifteen days of content will be coming.


If you’re interested in the courses, you can check it out at Scholastic’s website linked above. It’s accessible to anyone with access to the internet and will remain open indefinitely!


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Iconic Places in Literature You Can Visit

Ever wanted to visit places you’ve literally only read about? Well you are in luck my friend. This is a list of iconic literary places you can actually visit.


Tom Riddle’s Grave

We first learn about Tom Riddle’s grave stone in the fifth book in the series, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

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The grave is in an actual cemetery in Greyfriars Kirk, Scotland. Obviously the cemetery exactly like it is in the book but JK was rumored to have walked the cemetery and got inspiration for other character names. Many Harry Potter come to the cemetery and Riddle’s grave is the most popular to visit.


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The Kingdom of Arendelle

Arendelle is the fiction kingdom in Frozen and Frozen 2. The architecture and landscape was modeled after a real village in Hallstatt, Austria. It’s a small community of only a little more than 700 hundred people but the town is lively with up to 10,000 tourists a day.  The artists also got Arendelle’s name from an actual  city in Norway named Arendal.

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Jane Austen had written her most famous novel after her time in Bath, England. And the city inspired two of her books directly. Bath is famous for its ancient roman built baths that were mentioned by Austen. Tourism is large in Bath, thanks to The Jane Austen Centre, an exhibition that tells stories of her time there.


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The Lord of the Rings has too many cool places we wish we could actually visit but thank goodness we can go here! The Hobbiton set was built in Matamata, New Zealand and 98′ Peter Jackson’s team came across Alexander Farm when they were location scouting. After nine months of building 39 nine hobbit holes were ready. Guided tours of Hobbiton started in 2002 and fans still can visit the hobbit homes.


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Green Gables

The Anne of Green Gables book series was inspired by real land and farm house that you can visit. Green Gables in a 19th century farm in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, Canada. It is an national historic site for its importance to literature and is on the most visited sites in the country. The author LL Montgomery visited the farm when she was young and got romantic inspiration form the house and surrounding areas for places i her books like The Haunted Woods, Lovers’ Lane and Balsam Hollow.


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Economists Agree, ‘Our Economy Needs More English Majors’

According to The Washington Post, fewer people are majoring in English than ever before, despite the fact that enrollment in higher education is at an all-time high.



This is likely the result of the United States’ turbulent economy, and a rising need for job security. Right now, more people are choosing to study STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), for the sake of a career path. More often than not, people believe that studying STEM leads directly to getting a good job more often than studying anything related to the humanities. Or, at the very least, college students fear the idea of a useless, $40,000 degree.


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However, Robert Shiller, economist, author, and Nobel Prize winner, believes that English majors are more necessary to our struggling economy than ever before. In his new work, Narrative Economics, Shiller argues that the ways people talk about markets, and the stories we write about them, can have a huge impact on markets themselves.



For example, Shiller cites the phrase “anyone can be a homeowner” as a key contributor to the housing bubble. He writes:

“Traditional economic approaches fail to examine the role of public beliefs in major economic events – that is, narrative. Economists can best advance their science by developing and incorporating into it the art of narrative economics.”

The Washington Post cites several other economists with opinions similar to Shiller’s, but the most damning evidence comes from The National Center for Education Statistics. Data from this source shows that while a computer science major might make more money than an English major directly after graduation, English majors ages 25 to 29 had a lower unemployment rate than both math and computer science majors in 2017.


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On top of this, English majors tend to have skills that are less affected by the passage of time, than those who major in anything related to science or technology. The Washington Post’s Heather Long explains:

“After about a decade, STEM majors start exiting their job fields as their skills are no longer the latest and greatest. In contrast, many humanities majors work their way to high-earning management positions. By middle age, average pay looks very similar across many majors.”


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So, feel free to show your dad this article the next time he complains about your degree in medieval literature. You’ll be grateful for it in your forties!




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