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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 ...
  • Stephen King: If You Can’t Read ‘Then You’ve Got, the Army, Iraq’

    05/05/2008 6:27:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies · 521+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | May 5, 2008 | Noel Sheppard
    Remember shortly before Election Day 2006 when Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) suggested that if you don't get a good education, "you get stuck in Iraq" (video available here)? Well, last month, famed horror author Stephen King was speaking in front of a group of high school students at the Library of Congress, and he virtually made the exact same statement. For those that can bear it, what follows is another in a long line of liberal media members bashing the military (embedded right, h/t Terry Ann): I don't want to sound like an ad, a public service ad on TV,...
  • Because They Wouldn't Let Me In Their Club

    05/04/2008 8:43:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies · 62+ views ^ | May 4, 2008 | Mary Grabar
    In my ignorance, I once held hopes of gaining entrance into a club more exclusive than any country club or nightclub. Having been educated in public schools and therefore exposed to only one form of thought, I thought this club represented intellectualism. My first exposure to intellectual thought was a shelf filled with dime store Golden Books. One of the American “ladies” had heard about the cleaning abilities of a Slovenian immigrant woman who was laid off from her job in a factory. So this lady picked my mother and me up and drove us out to her big house...
  • Another Washington success story

    05/03/2008 6:30:57 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 6 replies · 67+ views
    Or maybe not Because the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act imposed standards and accountability on the public schools, many conservatives were willing to support the law even though it was also a massive expansion of the federal government's role in education. It might be time for them to reconsider. On Thursday, the Department of Education announced that a key component of the measure -- the $6 billion Reading First program -- has been an utter failure.
  • What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Inquiry

    03/28/2008 6:52:40 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 306 replies · 2,841+ views
    OK everyone, it's time for my quarterly "What Are You Reading Now" post. I like to get a feel for what Freepers are reading these days. It can be anything...a best seller, a literary classic, a trashy pulp novel, a scientific journal, etc. Do not demean this thread with posts like "I'm reading this Thread right now". It became un-funny a long time ago. I'll start. I've just started "One Square Mile Of Hell: The Battle For Tarawa" by John Wukovitz. Rather than a minute by minute account of the battle, it takes a more personalized view of the battle...
  • Gathering around Seuss books good fun during Read Across America day

    03/04/2008 6:30:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 452+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — There is one thing Command Sgt. Maj. Gerry Wykoff is thankful for, and that is Dr. Seuss never wrote an Army Field Manual. As it is, his children’s books are full of tongue twisters, as the senior noncommissioned officer for the Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca found out Monday when he read Seuss’ “The Sleep Book,” to fourth-grade students of Janet Josa’s class at General Myer Elementary School. For many young school students, the Dr. Seuss books are today’s “See Spot Run” that older generations remember from their days in the lower grades of elementary education. Nationwide,...
  • Democrats to Tell Kids: 'Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah.'

    02/29/2008 8:06:06 AM PST · by bahblahbah · 16 replies · 301+ views
    Washington Post - The Sleuth Blog ^ | February 28, 2008 | Mary Ann Akers
    <p>Woops, an errant email advisory sent to House Democratic members by Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office had some unique suggested talking points for the upcoming "Read Across America" day. Basically, it said, just tell the kids and their teachers: blah, blah, blah.</p> <p>"Blah, blah, blah, blah Blah, blah, blah."</p>
  • The End of Literacy? Don't Stop Reading.

    02/22/2008 1:50:17 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 13 replies · 141+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | February 17, 2008 | Howard Gardner
    What will happen to reading and writing in our time? Could the doomsayers be right? Computers, they maintain, are destroying literacy. The signs -- students' declining reading scores, the drop in leisure reading to just minutes a week, the fact that half the adult population reads no books in a year -- are all pointing to the day when a literate American culture becomes a distant memory. By contract, optimists foresee the Internet ushering in a new, vibrant participatory culture of words. Will they carry the day? Maybe neither. Let me suggest a third possibility: Literacy -- or an ensemble...
  • Retired Teacher Reveals He Was Illiterate Until Age 48

    02/12/2008 7:51:36 AM PST · by grundle · 210 replies · 959+ views ^ | February 11, 2008
    OCEANSIDE, Calif. -- John Corcoran graduated from college and taught high school for 17 years without being able to read, write or spell.Corcoran's life of secrecy started at a young age. He said his teachers moved him up from grade to grade. Often placed in what he calls the "dumb row," the images of his tribulations in the classroom are still vividly clear. "I can remember when I was 8 years old saying my prayers at night saying please god tomorrow when it's my turn to read please let me read. You just pretend that you are invisible and when...
  • Kids Can't Focus These Days. Then Again, Neither Can I.

    02/03/2008 10:05:10 AM PST · by tj21807 · 65 replies · 165+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 2/3/2008 | Thomas Washington
    "As a school librarian, I wind up reading all sorts of damning reports on students' lack of reading skills. The latest dire news came from the National Endowment for the Arts' recent "To Read or Not to Read" study, which warned that "less than one-third of 13-year-olds are daily readers, a 14 percent decline from 20 years earlier." High school students are faring even worse: Among 17-year-olds, the percentage of "non-readers" has doubled over a 20-year period, from 9 percent in 1984 to 19 percent in 2004. This multitasking generation, we're led to believe, can't focus on any item for...

    01/28/2008 9:08:45 AM PST · by the_devils_advocate_666 · 10 replies · 141+ views
    iPlayOutside | 1/27/08 | Unknown
  • Minneapolis ousts Seattle as most literate city

    12/28/2007 8:00:52 AM PST · by Cagey · 31 replies · 206+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | Sandi Doughton
    Like a top-heavy tower of books, Seattle tumbled from its ranking as "America's Most Literate City" this year. The new winner: Minneapolis, ending Seattle's two-year reign on top. The Emerald City only slipped to second place, but some of the local literati took it hard. "I don't believe it," said Tracy Taylor, general manager for Elliott Bay Book Co. in Pioneer Square, which was bursting with post-Christmas customers Thursday. "And we're not even having a sale," Taylor noted. But the statistics don't lie — even though they also don't capture all the nuances of what makes one city more literate...
  • A Reading Program's Powerful Patron (Mary Landrieu-D)

    12/20/2007 9:01:42 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 5 replies · 189+ views ^ | 12/20/07 | James V. Grimaldi
    When Congress decided to appropriate $2 million in fall 2001 to help D.C. kindergartners and first-graders learn to read, city school officials were told that the money could be spent only on the Voyager Expanded Learning literacy program, a new product with virtually no track record. They had just picked a different reading curriculum, and "we didn't want to be guinea pigs," recalled Mary Gill, then the system's chief academic officer. School leaders did not know that the $2 million was an earmark that had been guided into law by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) just after she had received more...
  • Local Leaders, Soldiers Team to Bring Computer Literacy to Assiriyah

    12/15/2007 5:41:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 136+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp
    A computer instructor (left) teaches boys ages 11 to early teens how to use a computer during a computer literacy course at the community center in Assiriyah. Photo by 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs. ASSIRIYAH — Thanks to recent improvements in security, local leaders with a little help from Soldiers in Troop D, 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, are bringing civic improvement projects to residents throughout this village of more than 2,600 people. The Troop D Soldiers leant a hand in one such project by donating computers for...
  • New Study of the Literacy of College Students Finds Some are Graduating with Only Basic Skills

    12/11/2007 10:02:24 PM PST · by MadDoctorD · 68 replies · 312+ views
    American Institute for Research (AIR) ^ | January 19, 2006 | Larry McQuillan
    REPORT BY AMERICAN INSTITUTES FOR RESEARCH FINDS AT LEAST 20 PERCENT OF COLLEGE GRADS UNABLE TO DO FUNDAMENTAL COMPUTATIONS WASHINGTON, D.C. – Twenty percent of U.S. college students completing 4-year degrees – and 30 percent of students earning 2-year degrees – have only basic quantitative literacy skills, meaning they are unable to estimate if their car has enough gasoline to get to the next gas station or calculate the total cost of ordering office supplies, according to a new national survey by the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The study was funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The AIR study...
  • 4th-graders losing ground on literacy

    11/28/2007 1:58:17 PM PST · by Zakeet · 27 replies · 122+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 28, 2007 | Nancy Zuckerbrod
    WASHINGTON - U.S. fourth-graders have lost ground in reading ability compared with kids around the world, according to results of a global reading test. Test results released Wednesday showed U.S. students, who took the test last year, scored about the same as they did in 2001, the last time the test was given — despite an increased emphasis on reading under the No Child Left Behind law. Still, the U.S. average score on the Progress in International Reading Literacy test remained above the international average. Ten countries or jurisdictions, including Hong Kong and three Canadian provinces, were ahead of the...
  • Photo finish between Iceland and Norway to top human development ranking

    11/28/2007 1:25:35 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 24 replies · 1,282+ views ^ | 11/27/2007 | United Nations Development Programme
    The 2007 Human Development Report says Iceland now leads annual United Nations Index. Iceland has narrowly passed Norway to take the top spot on the Human Development Index (HDI), according to the 2007/2008 Human Development Report (HDR) released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today. Norway had held the number one ranking for the previous six years. This change in ranking is a result of new estimates of life expectancy and updated GDP per capita figures, stress the Report authors. Introduced with the first HDR in 1990, the HDI assesses the state of human development through life expectancy, adult...
  • Don't Know Much About History

    11/14/2007 11:02:40 PM PST · by GoldwaterInstitute · 7 replies · 126+ views
    The Goldwater Institute ^ | November 13, 2007 | Tom Patterson
    The Constitution of the United States established what form of government? Which wall was President Reagan referring to when he said, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall"? These questions were part of a 60-question test of civic literacy administered to college freshmen and seniors at 50 American colleges and universities. The test (available at covered American history, government, international relations and economics. The results were disheartening. Freshman overall scored an average 50.4 percent, while seniors improved only to 54.2 percent. Eight of the 50 colleges were left to explain how four years at their institution could actually diminish students'...
  • America Supports You: Literacy Group Reaches Out to Military Families

    10/24/2007 11:03:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 117+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Toni Maltagliati
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2007 – More than 12,000 children of servicemembers each year are getting a foundation for lifelong literacy from their doctors through an effort called “Reach Out and Read.” “Reach Out and Read” co-founder and chief executive officer Dr. Barry Zuckerman reads with a young patient. The group’s literacy program is part of early childhood check-ups at seven U.S. military medical facilities. Photo courtesy of the Reach Out and Read National Center  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “Reach Out and Read presents a unique opportunity to support and strengthen military families with young children,” said Carolyn...
  • Second Consecutive Civics Study (2007) Still Shows American College Students Failing Civic Literacy

    09/18/2007 9:16:24 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 34 replies · 329+ views
    America’s Founders were convinced American freedom could survive only if each generation understood its founding principles and the sacrifices made to maintain it. Failing Our Students, Failing America: Holding Colleges Accountable for Teaching America’s History and Institutions asks: Is American higher education doing its duty to prepare the next generation to maintain our legacy of liberty? In fall 2005, researchers at the University of Connecticut’s Department of Public Policy (UConnDPP), commissioned by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s (ISI) National Civic Literacy Board, conducted a survey of some 14,000 freshmen and seniors at 50 colleges and universities. Students were asked 60 multiple-choice...
  • High Tech Illiteracy

    09/12/2007 7:11:23 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 21 replies · 575+ views
    Campus Report ^ | September 12, 2007 | Mal Kline
    High Tech Illiteracyby: Malcolm A. Kline, September 12, 2007 At the same time that American students are becoming more and more technologically adept, they are increasingly less and less likely to possess rudimentary capabilities, data from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) indicates. “Think of the way we do research—look up a topic, follow a link to another link to another link—linear,” Pennsylvania school board member Kathy Pettiss explained to the American School Board Journal (ASBJ). “Our kids go 40 different directions at once, just like a spider’s web.” “They shop sites that have no store—there’s no inventory until someone...
  • Female tutors are best for boys

    08/25/2007 4:38:15 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 23 replies · 1,463+ views
    Reuters via The Times of India ^ | 25 Aug 2007, 0009 hrs IST | Reuters
    CALGARY (ALBERTA): The reading skills of young male students may improve more when boys are tutored by women, a Canadian study shows, contradicting some school policies to hire male teachers to improve boys’ literacy. Herb Katz, an education professor at the University of Alberta, took 175 boys in the third and fourth grades, identified as struggling readers, and paired them with a research assistant who worked on their reading skills for 30 minutes a week over 10 weeks. On average, the boys paired with female tutors felt better about their reading skills after the 10 weeks than those who were...
  • Typical adult read 4 books in the past year

    08/22/2007 6:37:29 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 71 replies · 893+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | August 22, 2007 | ALAN FRAM
    WASHINGTON -- There it sits on your nightstand, that book you've meant to read for who knows how long but haven't yet cracked open. Tonight, as you feel its stare from beneath that teetering pile of magazines, know one thing -- you are not alone. An Associated Press-Ipsos poll released Tuesday reveals a nation whose book readers, on the whole, can hardly be called ravenous. The typical person claimed to have read four books in the last year -- half read more and half read fewer. Excluding those who hadn't read any, the usual number read was seven. "I just...
  • Georgia Pacific Test Ruled Discriminatory

    08/10/2007 5:27:29 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 90 replies · 2,316+ views ^ | 08/09/07 | AP
    PORT HUDSON, La. - A literacy test used to screen Georgia-Pacific Corp. applicants discriminated against blacks because blacks were far more likely than whites to fail the test, the federal Labor Department said. Utility workers at a paper mill don't need to read well, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Georgia Pacific disagrees, but has stopped using the nationally standardized Test of Adult Basic Education's literacy exam and will pay $749,076 in back pay and interest to 399 black people who applied over the past two years, spokeswoman Patty Prats-Swanson said Wednesday. "We may not agree but we have...
  • The Kids Are All Right - Economic literacy test: High school seniors beat Congress.

    08/09/2007 9:03:51 PM PDT · by gpapa · 6 replies · 650+ views ^ | August 10, 2007 | Editorial Staff
    Pop quiz. Which has been most important in reducing poverty over time: a) taxes, b) economic growth, c) international trade, or d) government regulation? We know what our readers would say. But lest you think American young people are slouching toward serfdom, you'll be pleased to know that 53% of U.S. high school seniors also answered "b." The latest version of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) asked this question, among others on economics, and the results will not please members of the Socialist International, or for that matter the Senate Finance Committee. Since its founding in 1969, the...
  • Limited English Proficiency Barrier To Safe Prescription Use

    08/07/2007 3:47:44 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 24 replies · 388+ views ^ | 08/07/07 | science daily
    Science Daily — An analysis of Milwaukee County pharmacies shows that about half don't provide prescription labels and instructions in languages other than English, and almost two-thirds are unable to communicate to patients who don't speak English. The study, included in the upcoming edition of Pediatrics, is unusual in that its lead author is a Medical College of Wisconsin 4th-year medical student. Michael Bradshaw worked with statistician Sandra Tomany-Korman under the direction of Glenn Flores, M. D., professor of pediatrics. "Language barriers can have major adverse consequences in health care, but little is known about whether pharmacies provide adequate care...
  • Low Literacy Equals Early Death Sentence

    07/26/2007 3:40:02 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 289+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 7-26-2007 | NW University
    Source: Northwestern University Date: July 26, 2007 Low Literacy Equals Early Death Sentence Science Daily — Not being able to read doesn't just make it harder to navigate each day. Low literacy impairs people's ability to obtain critical information about their health and can dramatically shorten their lives. A new study from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine shows that older people with inadequate health literacy had a 50 percent higher mortality rate over five years than people with adequate reading skills. Inadequate or low health literacy is defined as the inability to read and comprehend basic health-related materials such...
  • Read It and Weep - Why does Congress hate the one part of No Child Left Behind that works?

    07/12/2007 9:47:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 51 replies · 1,433+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 07/16/2007 | Charlotte Allen
    Richmond, Virginia In a classroom at Ginter Park Elementary School, a century-old brick schoolhouse on a dreary, zoned-commercial truck route that bisects a largely African-American neighborhood in Richmond, a third-grade teacher, Laverne Johnson, is doing something that flies in the face of more than three decades of the most advanced pedagogical principles taught at America's top-rated education schools. Seated on a chair in a corner of her classroom surrounded by a dozen youngsters sitting cross-legged on the floor at her feet, Johnson is teaching reading--as just plain reading. Two and a half hours every morning, systematically going over such basics...
  • From Rags To Riches, Or How Undergarments Improved Medieval Literacy

    07/06/2007 9:10:23 AM PDT · by blam · 51 replies · 1,670+ views
    Alpha Galileo ^ | 7-6-2007 | University Of Leeds
    06 July 2007 From Rags to Riches, Or How Undergarments Improved Medieval Literacy Thought the invention of the printing press led to an upsurge in literacy rates in the later Middle Ages? Wrong, according to some historians of communication, who believe that paper was more important than printing. “The development of literacy was certainly helped by the introduction of paper, which was made from rags,” says Dr Marco Mostert, a historian at the Centre for Medieval Studies, Utrecht University and one of the organisers of this year’s International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds. “These rags came from discarded...
  • THE YEAR 1907

    05/13/2007 3:07:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies · 5,036+ views
    Share this with All your Friends... And SHOW this to your children and grandchildren !!!! THE YEAR 1907 This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine! The year is 1907. One hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes! Here are some of the U.S. Statistics for the Year 1907: ************************************ The average life expectancy in the U.S. Was 47 years old. Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. Had a bathtub . Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. A three-minute call from Denver to New York City Cost eleven dollars. There...
  • Muslim Mums Told To Speak English At Home (UK)

    01/14/2007 2:10:54 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 446+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-14-2007 | Julie Henry
    Muslim mums told to speak English at home Julie Henry, Education Correspondent, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 12:30am GMT 14/01/2007 Muslim mothers who do not speak English at home are stunting their children's literacy levels, one of the Government's most influential education advisers said last night. Sir Cyril Taylor, the chairman of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, said that the failure of parents to speak English at home was a key reason why some schools were at the bottom of newly-published-league tables. The problem, described by Sir Cyril as a "major issue", should be addressed by a national campaign to...