Monday, December 10, 2007

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Dewey Decimal Day: Dec. 10

Celebrate the birthday of Melvil Dewey,
U.S. librarian/inventor of the Dewey Decimal System (1851-1931)

Mel was also interested in reforming English spelling (from Children of the Code):

The second great obstacle is our absurd spelling, which scholars agree is the worst on the planet. In trying to learn this, two or three years more are worse than wasted. A few years ago it required some hardihood for an educated man to declare himself in favor of simplified spelling, but since the founding of the Spelling Reform Association in 1876 every prominent student of English living, both American and foreign, has conceded that scholarship, as well as common sense, requires the change which is quietly but steadily going forward." -Melvil Dewey

In 1876 Dewey was involved in the foundation of the Spelling Reform Association of which he was Secretary for almost all his life. He also served on the Simplified Spelling Board. Dewey believed that there were two elements that obstructed elementary education. One being the American system of weights and measures and the other one being complicated spelling.

About the English language Dewey writes:
"Speling Skolars agree that we hav the most unsyentifik, unskolarli, illojikal & wasteful speling ani languaj ever ataind."

Photo: Dewey Decimals by sundaykofax @ Flickr

So Light a Candle, Woodja !

Or Play a Game or Check Out a Website

Within Range – easiest of the 2 games – use Mouse
~ pick up book from stack on table (left side)
~ file book correctly – Library of Congress Classification

I’ll Get It – use Mouse
~ click on person at table (color-coded) to take ticket
~ click on computer – wait for Search
~ click on Search Completed for Question and potential answers
~ click on Best Choice from:

~~~~ Books, Periodicals, or Elec. Database
~ click on same person at table
~~~~ tells you if choice was Correct – OK – WRONG !
If book, etc. left on empty tables
~~~~ must clear the table for another person to sit down
~ click on table
~ click on Book Return

Learn about the Dewey Decimal system in a website designed by 6th graders.
025.431: The Dewey blog
Everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask . . .

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