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  • Michelle Obama: America's Lady Diana? (Slobbering Synchophantic Barf Alert!)

    01/24/2009 4:02:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 146 replies · 3,018+ views
    The Sunday London Times ^ | January 25, 2009 | Sarah Baxter
    The First Lady has excited the fashion world, but like Diana she would rather champion the less fortunate than be a mere clotheshorse. Michelle Obama’s flair for fashion has captivated Washington and set the hearts of glossy magazine editors aflutter. She has already eclipsed Carla Bruni, the super-model chanteuse and wife of Nicolas Sarkozy, the hyperactive French president. Not since Diana, Princess of Wales, has there been such a glamorous role model at the apex of society. In her white, one-shouldered chiffon gown, she boogied to Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours and slow-danced with her husband at a...
  • Closing the literacy gap - Wiser spending would better serve California schools

    01/19/2009 9:07:54 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 401+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 1/19/09 | Editorial
    At 23 percent, California leads the nation in residents 16 and older at the lowest level of literacy. The National Assessment of Adult Literacy, released this month, is calculated by the U.S. Department of Education from 2003 data. Its estimate for California: 6 million of its 26 million adults can, at best, read and understand only “short, commonplace prose text.” At worst, they cannot read and comprehend any information written in English. Behind this eight-point increase in below-basic literacy since the last assessment in 1992 is primarily immigration. One in eight U.S. residents is an immigrant, the highest percentage in...
  • Direct Answer - A solution for the reading gap between black and white children...

    01/15/2009 4:10:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 48 replies · 1,114+ views
    The New Republic ^ | January 14, 2009 | John McWhorter
    A solution for the reading gap between black and white children was discovered four decades ago. So, why aren't we taking advantage of it?One does not expect to see New York's school Chancellor Joel Klein on the same stage as Reverend Al Sharpton. Klein is infamous for his emphasis on test scores and shutting down schools that fail to measure up. Not so long ago, Sharpton was in the barricades with Russell Simmons protesting mayor Michael Bloomberg and Klein's plan to cut New York City's education budget. Yet these days the two are teaming up for the Education Equality Project,...
  • 14 Percent of U.S. Adults Can't Read

    01/11/2009 8:12:31 AM PST · by presidio9 · 124 replies · 2,436+ views
    Live Science ^ | 01/10/09 | Robert Roy Britt
    About 14 percent of U.S. adults won't be reading this article. Well, okay, most people won't read it, given all the words that are published these days to help us understand and navigate the increasingly complex world. But about 1 in 7 can't read it. They're illiterate. Statistics released by the U.S. Education Department this week show that some 32 million U.S. adults lack basic prose literacy skill. That means they can't read a newspaper or the instruction on a bottle of pills. The figures are for 2003, the latest year available. State and county results are available here. "The...
  • Some schools refuse to write off cursive

    12/30/2008 6:16:12 AM PST · by Sopater · 149 replies · 2,578+ views
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 | Melissa Nix
    About five years ago, San Juan High School teacher Shirley Bowers realized that half her students had no idea what she was writing on the board. "I had a student remark that he couldn't read my notes," Bowers said. His fellow classmates fessed up, too. Bauer's notes were hard to read. They were in cursive. Over the past decade, teachers and secondary students across the country have reported a trend that their parents and grandparents could scarcely imagine: The millennial generation is increasingly cursive illiterate. The digital age has pushed to the periphery a penmanship skill used for generations. The...
  • Only 17% of 8th Graders Can Read at Grade Level Overseen by Obama Education Secretary-Designee

    12/17/2008 7:26:01 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 63 replies · 1,477+ views ^ | December 17 ,2008 | Matt Cover
    Only 17% of 8th Graders Can Read at Grade Level in Chicago Schools Overseen by Obama Education Secretary-Designee Chicago Schools Chief Arne Duncan smiles as President-elect Barack Obama announces his selection to be Education Secretary, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at the Dodge Renaissance Academy in Chicago.( – In 2007, only 17 percent of eighth graders tested at or above grade level in reading in Chicago Public Schools – the school system administered by Arne Duncan since 2001. President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday tapped Duncan to become secretary of education in the upcoming administration. Duncan, hailed by Obama as a reformer,...
  • Fred Reed: The Coming Storm - Maybe, Anyway [Golden Oldie that still applies]

    12/16/2008 9:59:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 2,238+ views
    Fred Reed's Website ^ | April 29, 2004 | Fred Reed
    The Bell Curve, an excellent book more maligned than read, pointed out a trend seldom noticed. The authors called it “cognitive stratification,” not a phrase Byron would have chosen but serviceable enough. It means the concentration of the intelligent. In 1850 people of high intelligence were dispersed through the population. If the child of a cowboy had an IQ of 160, he would probably remain in the geographical region with cowboys. He might be more successful than most, and might choose as friends the quicker wits thereabouts. Yet he would be part of the community. A cowboy could be intelligent,...
  • [The Philippines] Upbeat on outsourcing

    12/14/2008 9:34:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 712+ views
    The Manila Standard ^ | December 15, 2008 | Adelle Chua Tulagan
    How’s this for noche buena? Mother, father and sister carry packed food in plastic containers and then alternate between walking and taking public transportation, seemingly off to a special mission. Just outside a building, they prop up a table with a few chairs. They set the dishes they have brought. Brother, a call center agent, is in the graveyard shift; there are no holidays in his job. But when he sees his family outside, waving at him, he puts down his headset, turns away from his computer and walks out the door of his office for a little break. Of...
  • Michelle Obama vs. Laura Bush

    12/13/2008 6:56:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies · 2,725+ views
    The American Chronicle ^ | December 13, 2008 | Jeff Rivera
    One highlight of the Bush Administration has been that the first lady, Laura Bush has made literacy a pivotal part of her work with the American people. There are a lot of areas of interest that a first lady can use her power and influence to draw attention to but will Michelle Obama also make literacy an important part of her agenda? With literacy rates on the decline, and educational facilities being last on the list of priorities for many government agencies, Michelle Obama has unique opportunity to use her influence to turn the state of literacy around in the...
  • Iraqi Women Secure Opportunities Through Literacy Program

    12/10/2008 3:22:05 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 185+ views
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE RUSTAMIYAH, Iraq, Dec. 10, 2008 – One hundred Iraqi women became the first class of graduates of an adult literacy course near here that officials say is a sign of more good things to come from the partnership between Iraq and the United States. The first female graduates of an adult literacy course at the Sharquia Secondary School for Girls take pictures and celebrate before a graduation ceremony at the Baghdad school, Dec. 4, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jeremy Todd  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “This is a monumental day for these women,”...
  • America the Illiterate (a liberal gets it mostly right)

    11/13/2008 6:32:23 AM PST · by Notary Sojac · 71 replies · 2,289+ views
    Truthdig ^ | 10 Nov 2008 | Chris Hedges
    We live in two Americas. One America, now the minority, functions in a print-based, literate world. It can cope with complexity and has the intellectual tools to separate illusion from truth. The other America, which constitutes the majority, exists in a non-reality-based belief system. This America, dependent on skillfully manipulated images for information, has severed itself from the literate, print-based culture. It cannot differentiate between lies and truth. It is informed by simplistic, childish narratives and clichés. It is thrown into confusion by ambiguity, nuance and self-reflection. This divide, more than race, class or gender, more than rural or urban,...
  • Hezekiah 3:16

    11/03/2008 10:37:38 AM PST · by biscuit jane · 10 replies · 1,737+ views
    Claude ^ | 01/10/07 | Dr. Claude Mariottini
    Hezekiah 3:16 The book of Hezekiah is one of the most significant books of the Old Testament. This book is often quoted in the press, cited by bloggers, and many people refer to it in daily conversation. One of the most significant passages in the book of Hezekiah is Hezekiah 3:10-16 where the author speaks about the Antichrist and the Beast. Hezekiah 3:16 reveals that the number of the Beast is 666. Anyone who knows the Bible and reads the paragraph above will know that what is written above is a bunch of nonsense. Hezekiah does not mention the number...
  • Literacy Program Graduates First Class in Iraqi City

    10/16/2008 9:16:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 603+ views
    HAWIJAH, Iraq, Oct. 16, 2008 – The first graduation of a pilot literacy program was held yesterday at the soccer stadium here in Iraq’s Kirkuk province. The program, which began June 15 as a pilot program for the National Literary Campaign, graduated nearly 500 students. The four-month course covered basic reading, writing and math skills for employment marketability, officials said. Students attended classes four hours a day, five days a week, for completion of the National Literary Campaign's requirements. "I have worked closely with the local government leaders and watched them develop this program, through the execution of the program,...
  • Colleges Spending Billions To Prep Freshmen (Still can't read after HS)

    09/16/2008 5:15:53 AM PDT · by raybbr · 119 replies · 577+ views
    The Day ^ | 9/16/2008 | AP
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  • Hurricane recovery confronts low literacy rate

    08/31/2008 10:47:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 194+ views
    NEW ORLEANS: Marsha Williams always hesitated when mail arrived from the government, but after Hurricane Katrina she began to fear the letters. One notice warned that her apartment building could be shut down because the landlord had not repaired storm damage. She worried: What did all the legal forms mean? Was there more paperwork she needed to send in? But at age 51, Williams was embarrassed that she could not read much more than her own name and address. "I didn't get a lot of school when I was a child. I guess they didn't have enough to go around,"...
  • Iraqi Government Conducts National Literacy Program

    07/28/2008 4:56:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 167+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Tiffany Evans, US
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq, July 28, 2008 – Iraq is targeting more than 6 million illiterate adults through a national literacy campaign. Iraqi policemen submit applications for modified security badges, May 22, 2007, in Salman Pak, Iraq. Literacy is a requirement for members of the Iraqi security forces. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Weismiller  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization estimates that more than 60 percent of the adult population in Iraq cannot read or write. This was not always the case, U.N. officials said. At one time, Iraq...
  • Herman Melville - Yet Another American Genius

    07/08/2008 4:22:18 AM PDT · by Apollo 13 · 20 replies · 174+ views
    Apollo 13
    Can't resist it - I was raised on American culture and am all the happier for it. It formed me culturally and made me what I am. Since I come into contact with Americans professionally on a frequent basis, it's always a great pleasure to have 'common ground', so to speak. Today I started reading 'Moby-Dick' for the fifth time. And believe me, I do have an exceptional memory. But this book is so rich that you can spend a lifetime with it and still miss out on some things. The pretty pragmatic, relativistic Ishmael embarks on a boat trip...
  • Hawijah’s Literacy Program Gains National Attention in Iraq

    07/07/2008 5:08:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 77+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Margaret C. Nelson, USA
    HAWIJAH — In the month which marked the birth of the United States of America and the liberation of other nations, July 5, will be remembered in Hawijah, Iraq, as the day its country’s deputy minister of education Nehad Al-Juburi and the prime minister’s education advisor Zaid Chaid paid a historic visit to bring national attention to a pilot literacy program underway here. Five-hundred SoI members in four of the sub-districts of Hawijah, Iraq - Zaab, Abassi, Riyadh and Hawijah city - are currently participating in this program, which teaches students up to a 3rd to 4th grade reading...
  • Vanity: this page is such a good cause, please hear me out.

    05/28/2008 9:37:57 AM PDT · by true2theirword · 2,409 replies · 808+ views
    this site is personal to me it seems no strings attached, their sponsors take care of it all. just click and you will help many worthwhile causes, like hunger, breast cancer, literacy and pets. really, i run firefox with adblock plus and this site has given me no malware or issues/popups. it seems legit, if i can donate a can of food a day and more, i'm sure someone here can help spread the word. i appreciate it. and i'm in no way affiliated with them or paid, this isn't spam. i'm just a news junkie with this place and...
  • Illiteracy among graduates down

    05/20/2008 11:29:44 AM PDT · by chordmaster · 17 replies · 129+ views
    TALLAHASSEE, FL - A report issued today by the Department of Education reveals that the expected illiteracy rate among high school graduates will decline significantly this year. This marks the first time in several decades that this benchmark has fallen in two consecutive years. The expected illiteracy rate of 32% is down from 33% last year ...