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  • Why Are We Still Teaching Reading the Wrong Way?

    10/27/2018 7:17:20 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 109 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 26, 2018 | Emily Hanford
    Our children arenít being taught to read in ways that line up with what scientists have discovered about how people actually learn. Itís a problem that has been hiding in plain sight for decades. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, more than six in 10 fourth graders arenít proficient readers. It has been this way since testing began. A third of kids canít read at a basic level. How do we know that a big part of the problem is how children are being taught? Because reading researchers have done studies in classrooms and clinics, and theyíve shown...
  • An interesting perspective from Chicago radio

    09/13/2018 4:11:27 AM PDT · by proud American in Canada · 20 replies
    WIND Chicago, The Morning Answer | Myself
    Hi, I grew up in Chicago and thanks to the internet, I listen to Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson every morning, Chicago's Morning Answer. Dan went to the same school I did, I think, Northwesern. Anyway, he just made a great comment: read some books. History, economics, etc. In other words, don't ever stop educating yourself. The brain is like the body...use it or lose it. ūüėĀ Just thought his comment was worth menntioning.
  • Lindsey Graham on Booker's 'Gotcha' Document: You Should Have 'Read the Damn Thing'

    09/07/2018 10:11:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2018 | Cortney O'Brien
    Democratic senators put on quite a show Thursday at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing. Desperate for a "gotcha" moment that would disqualify the Trump nominee, the senators asked pointed questions and gave lectures about transparency. But, they embarrassed themselves in the process. Sen. Cory Booker (NJ) got the loudest laugh.Booker's theatrics came at the very beginning of the hearing. He interrupted Chairman Chuck Grassley's opening remarks to announce that he had broken Senate rules and released "committee confidential" documents about Kavanaugh's opinions on racial profiling. He even referred to himself as "Spartacus," as if he was some kind of...
  • My End of Summer Reading List: From Eric Metaxas to ISIS

    08/28/2018 8:35:57 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 3 replies
    The Stream ^ | August 27, 2018 | John Zmirak
    My End of Summer Reading List: From Eric Metaxas to ISIS By John Zmirak I know that for many of you summer is almost over. Since I live in Texas, we¬íve just passed its halfway mark. We might consider putting long pants back on come Halloween. Given that, there¬ís plenty of time left for ¬ďsummer reading.¬Ē Alas!So here are some of the books I¬ím partway through and want to recommend to you all through the sweltering days of October.Chance or the Dance?, by Thomas Howard My friend Eric Metaxas was a moving force behind reissuing this 1989 classic. In his...
  • 'Lies My Teacher Told Me,' And How American History Can Be Used As A Weapon

    08/11/2018 7:06:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 33 replies
    npr.org ^ | 8/9/2018 | Anya Kamenetz
    ....concepts that still help me make sense of the world, like the "racial nadir" ó the downturn in American race relations, starting after Reconstruction, that saw the rise of lynchings and the Ku Klux Klan. In doing so, Lies My Teacher Told Me overturned one assumption embedded in the history classes I'd been sitting through all my life: that the United States is constantly ascending from greatness to greatness. "I started out the new edition with the famous two photographs of the inaugural crowds of this guy named President Obama, his first inauguration, and this guy named President Trump, his...
  • Reading Orwell's Road to Wigan Pier. It Explains Today's Leftist Fascism Prescient

    08/11/2018 5:35:15 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 104 replies
    Just finished The Road to Wigan Pier a book Orwell wrote about leftism and fascism during the 30's in Great Britan. Chilton Williamson from CHRONICLES had recommended it in the magazine's What the Editor's are Reading section. Good selection. This is a discussion of class, industrialization, and Orwell's perspective of what happens when humans are treated as disposable. Interestingly, during the industrialization of Great Britain, there were many thrown out of work and lots of talk, as there is today about the dole (today read guaranteed income) being the way to allow people to be "free." Many other parallels with...
  • What FReepers FRead Thread

    08/04/2018 8:31:02 AM PDT · by Eagles Field · 29 replies
    8-4-2018 | Eagles Field
    Whatís the best book youíve read not written by a big name author? What famous author can you not stomach? ďAll Over But The ShoutinĒ by Rick Bragg is my favorite. Hemingway is annoying.
  • "My kid can't read. What should I do?"

    07/28/2018 5:06:38 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 153 replies
    Renew America ^ | May 18, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Subtitle: Fix reading and half of our education problems disappear--It's a common problem in the US. Children in the second and third grades, even the fourth and fifth grades, are struggling readers. They guess; they skip ahead; they search for clues from context; they look at pictures to read words. Did I mention they guess? Typically, these children are unsuccessful in most school subjects and very unhappy. The school may think this slow progress is fine. But perhaps you as a parent know younger children who've already learned to read. You worry that your child Is falling behind. You are...
  • What Are You Reading Now?

    06/13/2018 11:56:53 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 193 replies
    6/13/18
    Years ago, I'd post a quarterly thread asking Freepers what they were reading now. I made mention of the fact that I thought Freepers had to have been some of the more well-read people on the 'Net. I have decided to resume that post. What are you reading? It can be a best seller, a trashy pulp novel, a biography - heck even a technical journal. Just don't answer the post by saying "I'm Reading This Thread". It lost its originality a really long long time ago. I'll start. I'm reading a classic biography from 1970. It's called "Huey Long"...
  • 65% Of Public School 8th Graders Not Proficient In Reading; 67% Not Proficient In Math

    05/02/2018 5:55:14 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 80 replies
    CNS News ^ | 05/01/18 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Sixty-five percent of the eighth graders in American public schools in 2017 were not proficient in reading and 67 percent were not proficient in mathematics, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress test results released by the U.S. Department of Education. The results are far worse for students enrolled in some urban districts. Among the 27 large urban districts for which the Department of Education published 2017 NAEP test scores, the Detroit public schools had the lowest percentage of students who scored proficient or better in math and the lowest percentage who scored proficient or better in reading. Only...
  • Baltimore students score near bottom in reading, math on key national assessment

    04/10/2018 8:16:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 4/10/2018 | Liz Bowie
    Baltimore City students scored near the bottom in reading and math compared to children in other cities and large urban areas on an important national assessment given in 2017. In fourth- and eighth-grade reading, only 13 percent of city students are considered proficient or advanced. In fourth-grade math, 14 percent were proficient and in eighth-grade math 11 percent met the mark, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a federally mandated test from the U.S. Department of Education... That put the Baltimore ahead of only Detroit and Cleveland, and sometimes ahead of Milwaukee and Fresno, Calif. ó areas of...
  • K-12: Sight-Words vs. Vocabulary Words

    01/11/2018 2:31:46 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 34 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Jan 4, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Many people use the phrases ďsight-wordĒ and ďvocabulary wordĒ interchangeably, when they are quite different. This confusion, I believe, serves a sinister purpose for our Education Establishment. A sight-word is a one-dimensional object. You know it visually, thatís all. When you see the graphic design, you are supposed to respond in an automatic or conditioned way. You say the sound represented by the design. The Education Establishment pretends this is ďreadingĒ but itís not. On the other hand, a vocabulary word is a multi-dimensional object. Most importantly, you know it phonetically. You say the sounds represented by the letters. This...
  • California sued over poor literacy rates among its students

    12/20/2017 6:16:09 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 33 replies
    CalWatchdog ^ | 11 Dec, 2017 | Drew Gregory Lynch
    California was sued earlier this month over poor reading skills among its students, a significant legal step in trying to combat lackluster literacy rates amid a larger conversation about education policy in the Golden State.
  • Need Gift Ideas? Hereís Nine Books That Needs to Be on Any Freedom-Loverís Shelf

    12/15/2017 8:09:49 AM PST · by iowamark · 25 replies
    Americans for Prosperity ^ | Dec. 12, 2017 | Brandon Osgood
    The holidays are upon us, and Christmas shopping is in full swing. If youíre stumped about what to get for a fellow freedom-lover in your life, weíve got you covered. Our trainers recommended some of their favorite book gift ideas that would make a thoughtful present or a friend, family member, or fellow activist. 1. ďThe Righteous MindĒ by Jonathan Haidt In it, Haidt helps explain why liberals, conservatives, and libertarians think differently about issues. He also argues why we should be more willing to entertain diverse viewpoints and understand why people believe what they believe. As an activist, understanding...
  • French school children ranked worst at reading in Europe

    12/05/2017 10:15:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 5 December 2017 12:06 CET+01:00 | Evie Burrows-Taylor
    French school children aged 9 to 10 have been ranked the worst in Europe for their reading skills, marking a steady decline in levels since 2001, a new study has revealed. Itís not good news for French schools. The study by PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study), which has been carried out every five years since 2001, ranks the reading skills of school children aged 9 to 10 in 50 countries. Thousands of French school pupils took part in the study in the spring of 2016, answering a series of comprehension questions on literary and informative texts. And the...
  • The Dr. Seuss Museum doesnít seem to have a problem with the First Lady

    10/01/2017 5:22:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 1, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    Earlier this week John touched on the festival of hot takes surrounding Liz Phipps Soeiro, the librarian at Cambridgeport Elementary School who attempted to refuse a donation of Dr. Seuss books from First Lady Melania Trump. I specify ‚Äúattempted‚ÄĚ because it turned out that the school board stepped in and said it wasn‚Äôt her call to begin with. That hot mess should have come and gone fairly quickly, but it turns out that there was another chapter of the story to be written.The Mayor of the town where Dr. Seuss (actually Theodor Geisel) was born decided to add some balance...
  • K-12: Sight-Words are Hoax Words --BACK-TO-SCHOOL ALERT

    08/03/2017 1:41:47 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 43 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | July 18, 2017 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Hundreds of websites broadcast the same misguided message: children must memorize Sight-Words. This message is false. Probably the most aggressive falsehood is that such memorization is easy to do. One popular site proclaims this malarkey: ďBecause many Sight-Words are phonetically irregular, tend to be abstract, have limited visual correspondence, or even easily understood definitions, students must memorize them to read quickly and fluently.Ē Note the casual tone: ďStudents must memorize them.Ē The school certainly wouldnít ask children to do something difficult or impossible, would it? Yes, it would! And therein lies the essence of the hoax. In the context of...
  • The Summer Reading List by George Weigel

    07/06/2017 1:27:11 AM PDT · by iowamark · 4 replies
    First Things ^ | 6/28/2017 | George Weigel
    I recently met the good people of St. Benedict Elementary School in South Natick, Massachusetts, which offers classical Catholic education to some very fortunate youngsters. The extensive summer reading lists the school suggests to those kidsí parents put me in mind of my high school English teacher, the late Fr. W. Vincent Bechtelówho did not, however, do suggestions, but made sure that his charges kept their noses to the grindstone from June through August by assigning us at least a half-dozen novels. Some of themólike Paul Horganís Things As They AreóI still reread with pleasure, a half-century later. So herewith,...
  • How to teach your children to read and understand the King James Version of the Bible

    06/25/2017 7:13:19 PM PDT · by NRx · 103 replies
    How to teach your children to read and understand the King James Version of the Bible Why? Before getting into the question of how you can teach your children to read and understand the King James Version, we should probably first discuss why you should want to do so. If you are an English speaker, even if you are an atheist you should want your child to be familiar with the great works in the history of the English Language, and the King James Version is certainly close to the top of the list, if not at the very top....
  • Pro-lifers stop Planned Parenthood from opening inside high school Ė for now

    06/24/2017 3:23:49 PM PDT · by Morgana · 16 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 23, 2017 | Claire Chretien
    READING, Pennsylvania, June 23, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) Ė Massive outcry from pro-life students and activists caused a Pennsylvania school board to pull a proposal for the establishment of a Planned Parenthood-run "sexual health counseling center" inside a high school. However, the fight isn't over. The board will likely debate the proposal at another time and vote on it in August. The pro-abortion group AccessMatters suggested the creation of a "sexual health counseling center" inside Reading High School and run by Planned Parenthood. This center would focus "primarily [on] counseling services and condoms," according to the Reading Eagle, and "Planned Parenthood Keystone...