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  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by geoleo
    +19 +1

    Initiative aims to eradicate book deserts in communities

    Thousands of children who live in San Antonio public housing now have plenty of new books to read, thanks to an initiative that aims to eradicate book deserts and promote literacy.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by aj0690
    +16 +1

    Better educated parents have children who are more relaxed, outgoing and explorative

    Exactly how parents shape their children is a matter of controversy, especially since Judith Rich Harris’ book The Nurture Assumption popularised the behavioural genetics position that the “shared environment” (so-called because it’s shared by siblings) – including the family home and parents’ methods of upbringing – has scant influence on how children turn out. But the debate is far from settled, and now a team chiefly from Florida State University has investigated whether more educated parents produce offspring with particular personality characteristics.

  • Analysis
    10 months ago
    by Chubros
    +34 +1

    The Americans who can't read

    The US has more citizens who are illiterate than many of its developed counterparts. Why is that?

  • Expression
    5 months ago
    by hxxp
    +14 +1

    Opinion | Why Is New York Condoning Illiteracy?

    Last Friday, as observant Jews hurried with last-minute preparations for Passover, one Orthodox Jew was in Albany, holding up the New York State budget. He was insisting that this roughly $168 billion package include a special provision that would allow religious schools to meet the state’s educational requirements by using their long hours of religious instruction.

  • Analysis
    5 months ago
    by geoleo
    +16 +1

    Why American Students Haven't Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years

    Schools usually focus on teaching comprehension skills instead of general knowledge—even though education researchers know better. Every two years, education-policy wonks gear up for what has become a time-honored ritual: the release of the Nation’s Report Card. Officially known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, the data reflect the results of reading and math tests administered to a sample of students across the country. Experts generally consider the tests rigorous and highly reliable—and the scores basically stagnant.

  • Current Event
    3 months ago
    by everlost
    +1 +1

    Nearly half of Afghan kids, disproportionately girls, don't go to school

    Nearly half of all Afghan children are missing out on school due to conflict, poverty, child marriage and discrimination against girls, according to a report released Saturday by humanitarian organizations. As many as 3.7 million children between the ages of 7 and 17 are not attending class, according to the report conducted by USAID, UNICEF and independent think-tank Samuel Hall.