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  • Pro-Israel Ohio U. Student Arrested While Reading Legal Insurrection Blog Post Out Loud During

    09/11/2014 10:43:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    truth revolt ^ | 9/11/14 | Jeff Dunetz
    Meghan Marzec, the President of the Ohio University student Senate turned the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge into an anti-Israel blood bucket challenge. At a Student Senate Meeting Wednesday evening, pro-Israel students protested the anti-Israel action and several of the pro-Israel students were escorted out and arrested by campus police. According to the student newspaper, The Post: Ohio University Police Department Chief Andrew Powers told The Post that four students were arrested at Wednesday night’s Student Senate meeting in Walter Hall. ... Rabbi Danielle LeShaw, who went with the arrested students to OUPD’s station, told The Post they were charged with...
  • The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition: A New History of the Great Depression

    08/31/2014 12:54:32 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    amazon ^ | Amity Shlaes
    An illustrated edition of Amity Shlaes’s #1 New York Times bestseller, featuring vivid black-and-white illustrations that capture this dark period in American history and the men and women, from all walks of life, whose character and ideas helped them persevere. This imaginative illustrated edition brings to life one of the most devastating periods in our nation’s history—the Great Depression—through the lives of American people, from politicians and workers to businessmen, farmers, and ordinary citizens. Smart and stylish, black-and-white art from acclaimed illustrator Paul Rivoche provides an utterly original vision of the coexistence of despair and hope that characterized Depression-era America....
  • The books many start, but few ever finish: Survey reveals the reads nobody reads (HRC 1.9%)

    07/08/2014 6:44:44 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 87 replies
    ukmail ^ | 7-8-14
    It's the cultural crime we don't dare admit - starting that big, high-brow book with the best intentions before leaving it half-read down the back of the sofa. So those who give up on tough reads will be relieved to hear they're not alone. A mathematics professor has singled out which books are our most 'unread' - and intellectual big-hitters are far and away the worst culprits. Readers in their droves gave up on Hillary Clinton's memoirs, Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time and Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century before they were even a tenth of the...
  • What Are You Reading?

    06/27/2014 8:33:15 AM PDT · by Tax-chick · 274 replies
    Vanity | June 27, 2014 | Tax-chick
    What are you reading? There used to be a quarterly "What are you reading?" thread, but I haven't seen it for a long time. I got a lot of good book suggestions that way, and I miss it. So here's a thread! If you're reading something interesting you think others would like, or something boring you'd recommend we all avoid, jump in! If you have a ping list of FReepers who might be interested, ping them!
  • Reading: The Con Continues

    06/20/2014 3:47:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 6-20-14 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Not much is certain in life, but here are two things you can take to the bank. If you want a child to learn to read, phonics is the way that works. Second, you can be sure that our Education Establishment will try to keep phonics at a minimum and force children to memorize the English language one sight-word at a time. Where reading is concerned, the nonsense never stops. In his famous 1955 book Why Johnny Can’t Read, Rudolf Flesch said he looked at all the research. There were 11 studies from 1913 to 1948; in all of them,...
  • 9 big reasons why public schools wallow in mediocrity

    04/12/2014 2:29:04 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 49 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 8, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Video is only 3:15 minutes long. A short graphic presentation of the nine big flaws in public schools. Suppose someone is asking the question, well, what can we do, where do we start? Here's a list of nine places to start. ---------------------------------------------- Personally I like trying to radically simplify things. That is especially appropriate in education. What these professors spend their time doing is creating so much confusion, disinformation, propaganda, alibis, excuses, lies, etc., etc., etc., finally no ordinary citizen knows what to think about the subject anymore. And that's how the Education Establishment wins. At some point you have...
  • Bogus reading instruction is the 800-pound quack in many classrooms

    04/07/2014 5:14:33 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 34 replies
    Edarticle ^ | June 8, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The single most important aspect of education is reading.   If children are not reading, their entire education comes to a halt. That’s what has happened in millions of lives.  All the statistics for many decades reveal a curious surprise: our public schools don’t actually know how to teach reading or, more likely, they pretend not to know.  This is a bizarre scandal, especially given that children have been learning to read for thousands of years, and 100 years ago this country was thought to be moving toward universal literacy.   An odd thing happened circa 1931. The Education Establishment pushed look-say (or...
  • The Top Ten Books People Lie About Reading

    02/03/2014 2:13:32 PM PST · by jocon307 · 396 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 01/16/2014 | Ben Domenech
    Have you ever lied about reading a book? Maybe you didn’t want to seem stupid in front of someone you respected. Maybe you rationalized it by reasoning that you had a familiarity with the book, or knew who the author was, or what the story was about, or had glanced at its Wikipedia page. Or maybe you had tried to read the book, even bought it and set it by your bed for months unopened, hoping that it would impart what was in it merely via proximity (if that worked, please email me).
  • Moderate Pennsylvania GOP Rep. Gerlach to retire

    01/06/2014 12:37:35 PM PST · by amnestynone · 6 replies
    yahoo news ^ | 01/06/2013 | AP
    Pennsylvania Rep. Jim Gerlach, one of a shrinking number of Republican moderates in the U.S. House, said Monday he will retire from Congress at the end of this term. Gerlach said it's "simply time for me to move on to new challenges and to spend more time with my wife and family." The six-term congressman's decision opens up a district anchored in Philadelphia's western suburbs and rural areas on either side of Reading, as well as a coveted seat on the powerful Ways and Means Committee. Gerlach has routinely had relatively close elections, though the latest round of redistricting made...
  • Pa. town latest to force drivers over and ask for cheek swabs for federal study

    12/18/2013 9:42:49 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 72 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 18, 2013 | FoxNews.com
    Drivers in a southeastern Pennsylvania town were forced off a local street and into a parking lot, so a federal contractor – aided by local police --could quiz them about their road habits and ask for a cheek swab, in a replay of an incident last month in Texas. The checkpoint, in downtown Reading, was one of several conducted by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, which was hired by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Although the questioning and cheek swab were voluntary, local residents said they were...
  • Motorist checkpoint in Reading draws questions

    12/17/2013 10:36:21 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 104 replies
    Reading Eagle (PA) ^ | December 17, 2013 | Don Spatz
    A private firm with a federal contract - and backed up by city police - forced motorists off Laurel Street and into a private parking lot Friday to question them about their driving habits and ask for a swab of their mouth. "I feel this incident is a gross abuse of power on many levels," Reading resident Ricardo Nieves, one of those stopped, told City Council Monday. He said federal and local tax dollars were being used to stop innocent people without probable cause, and allow a private company to hire uniformed police to force citizens to listen to their...
  • Michigan Schools Promoting Large Number Of Students Who Cannot Read

    12/16/2013 6:27:21 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/12/2013 | Tom Gantert
    More than half of the third graders at Three Lakes Academy in the Upper Peninsula failed to score proficient on the state reading test in 2010-2011. But none of the school's 14 third-graders were held back. At Howell Public Schools, none of the 35 third-graders who didn't rate proficient at reading were held back. However, a proposed bill would require those students show they are proficient at reading before advancing to fourth grade. House Bill 5111 would hold back third grade students who were not proficient in reading on the state assessment. The bill grants exemptions for students with a...
  • Building a list of historic American biographies

    12/09/2013 5:47:24 AM PST · by headbegger · 28 replies
    I am building a list of books I can keep and/or recommend to others, especially those with kids. I need your help with books that are not the product of left leaning bias and/or were written in the past. I am a full time professional storyteller and public speaker and use such as source material for stories and to recommend to parents and adults when they ask for suggestions. The problem is that so many newer books portray our Founding Fathers and other American heroes poorly or have rewritten history to the point that I no longer recognize it. By...
  • Here's The New Ranking Of Top Countries In Reading, Science, And Math

    12/03/2013 6:49:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/03/2013 | JOE WEISENTHAL
    The OECD is out with new global rankings of how students in various countries do in reading, science, and math. Results of the full survey can be found and delved into here.You can see below how Asian countries are obliterating everyone else in these categories.The United States, meanwhile, ranks below the OECD average in every category. And as the WSJ notes, the US has slipped in all of the major categories in recent years:The results from the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), which are being released on Tuesday, show that teenagers in the U.S. slipped from 25th to 31st...
  • Robbers Shot, Killed, Family Wants Murder Charges, or Something

    11/07/2013 10:17:53 PM PST · by servo1969 · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 11-8-2013 | John Ransom
    A private citizen armed with a gun for which he had a license, shot and killed two robbers in Reading, Pennsylvania this week. Sooooo… OF COURSE… the families of the two dead ROBBERS want the citizen who shot and killed them charged with a CRIME. I know, I know: The capitalized words bother me too, but I had to write it that way because, honestly, the story is just so retarded—read progressive-- that I feel compelled to use the liberal-needs font. What crime, you ask, do the families of the dead guys want the citizen charged with? They’re really not...
  • Families want justice for suspects killed after robbery of Krick's Korner store in Reading (PA)

    11/07/2013 4:40:30 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 94 replies
    WFMZ.com ^ | November 5, 2013 | Liz Kilmer
    Family members of the two masked men shot to death after allegedly robbing a store in Reading spoke out Tuesday. "It's not fair," said Virginia Medina, mother of 24-year-old William Medina, who police said robbed Krick's Korner store alongside 18-year-old Robert De Carr on Monday. The two men were shot and killed by a private citizen while leaving the store, and family members want to see charges pressed. "[William] had no right to lose his life over something that man could have called the police for," said Medina. "He took the law into his own hands and walked away scot-free."...
  • Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons in fight to ban lorries (trucks) from his Oxfordshire town

    10/12/2013 11:05:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 05:35 EST, 12 October 2013 | Stuart Woledge
    He is a passionate campaigner on green issues, and now Jeremy Irons has backed a campaign to ban lorries from the quaint Oxfordshire town where he lives. The Oscar–winning actor has thrown his weight behind an action group to prevent HGVs using the narrow streets of Watlington as a rat-run between the M40 and M4. The market town—reputedly the smallest in the country—is regularly snarled up with lorries whose drivers, looking for a shortcut between Oxford and Reading, are directed there by their satnavs. …
  • America, You've Been Punked

    09/26/2013 1:23:55 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 53 replies
    Right side news ^ | September 13, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The Reading Wars were always chaotic and confusing. Here’s the gist: ----On the one side, you had earnest, sincere people warning the country about the dangers of non-phonetic approaches (these were called Look-say, Whole Word, sight-words, and other jargon). The warning was always the same. Nobody can learn to read that way. It’s a hoax. Don’t do it! You’re being punked. On the other side, you had patronizing professors of education saying the exact opposite. Phonics is old-fashioned. Dull and dreary. We’ve got the fun new way to learn to read. Kids think of words as graphic designs and memorize...
  • Dead Tree OR Electrons - What are you reading? [Sat. Vanity]

    09/21/2013 6:53:41 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 57 replies
    Self | 09/21/13 | Self
    I have always been a reader and one of my snobbish instincts has been to shun people who do not read. Houses without books or magazines leave me cold. Yet now I realize that I have not bought a dead tree book in months and I have hit that Amazon link "Tell the publisher" many many times! On my iPad I have more than 240 books plus several Bible versions and multiple periodicals. Now I find myself refreshing my mind about a particular passage in a book in minutes instead of almost never. Additionally, I am privileged to be able...
  • Ok fellow FreePs, what are you reading this Summer?

    07/18/2013 11:12:35 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 72 replies
    I am starting "The Guns of August: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic About the Outbreak of World War I"
  • The Country That Stopped Reading

    06/03/2013 11:26:58 PM PDT · by Sheapdog · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 5th 2013 | DAVID TOSCANA
    EARLIER this week, I spotted, among the job listings in the newspaper Reforma, an ad from a restaurant in Mexico City looking to hire dishwashers. The requirement: a secondary school diploma. Years ago, school was not for everyone. Classrooms were places for discipline, study. Teachers were respected figures. Parents actually gave them permission to punish their children by slapping them or tugging their ears. But at least in those days, schools aimed to offer a more dignified life. Nowadays more children attend school than ever before, but they learn much less. They learn almost nothing. The proportion of the Mexican...
  • Teacher Buys Student "Fifty Shades of Grey" for Reading Class

    05/03/2013 9:40:59 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 47 replies
    nbcphiladelphia.com ^ | May 3, 2013 | By Vince Lattanzio
    A Philadelphia mother wants her son’s high school teacher fired after he bought the teen the novel Fifty Shades of Grey for in-class reading. Maya Ladson says she was shocked to find a copy of the racy read in her 14-year-old’s book bag back on March 9. That shock turned to outrage when she found out how he got the book. “The minute I found out about it, it raised concern,” the mother told NBC10.com Thursday. “This is not OK to me. This is major.” Ladson's son, who is a 9th grade student at Eastern University Academy Charter School in...
  • To save the country, first save the schools

    04/24/2013 5:04:59 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 34 replies
    edfrontier.blogspot.com/ ^ | April 18, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Here's a theme I've been talking about for a few years. The country's intellectual and financial decline is partly due to the mediocrity of the public schools. This decline can be reversed by adopting proven theories and methods. That's a doable project: --------------------------------------------------------- Free The Schoolsa simple four-step plan Our Education Establishment has an 80-year record of praising and protecting bad pedagogies. Enough. Here is what we need instead, starting now: -------------------------------------------------------- 1. REAL READING. That means systematic phonics for several months until children learn to read. That means no Whole Word, no sight-words, no Dolch words, no high-frequency words....
  • Memories of Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher as her granddaughter Amanda gives moving reading at funeral

    04/17/2013 10:40:11 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 19 replies
    Hello Magazine ^ | 17 APRIL 2013 | none stated
    Amanda Thatcher's composure and dignity at the funeral of her beloved grandmother Margaret Thatcher bore more than a passing resemblance to the Iron Lady herself. The only daughter of the late Prime Minister's son Sir Mark and his American former wife Diane read from St Paul's Letter to the Ephesians VI. 10-18. Dressed elegantly in black, her voice crystal clear but faltering occasionally, Amanda, 19, spoke before a congregation of 2,300 dignitaries including the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, and statesmen from around the world.
  • Thesis Hatement

    04/05/2013 6:57:46 AM PDT · by Borges · 51 replies
    slate ^ | 4/5/2013 | y Rebecca Schuman
    Getting a literature Ph.D. will turn you into an emotional trainwreck, not a professor. Who wouldn’t want a job where you only have to work five hours a week, you get summers off, your whole job is reading and talking about books, and you can never be fired? Such is the enviable life of the tenured college literature professor, and all you have to do to get it is earn a Ph.D. So perhaps you, literature lover, are considering pursuing this path. Well, what if I told you that by “five hours” I mean “80 hours,” and by “summers off”...
  • Bats, Hammers, More Used in Teen Brawl

    03/29/2013 7:54:50 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 35 replies
    NBC Philadelphia ^ | Friday, Mar 29, 2013
    Police in Reading, Pa. are investigating and sorting through surveillance video of a melee that involved as many as 100 teenagers armed with boards, bats, table legs, hammers and other weapons. Sgt. John Solecki says detectives are looking at video from surveillance cameras and bystanders who posted footage of Wednesday's brawl on Facebook. A phone tip alerted police to video of the melee. The Reading Eagle reports the teens were fighting at basketball courts in a park when police responded around 4 p.m. Wednesday. At least one person, a 17-year-old boy, was taken to the hospital. Investigators say the large...
  • LGBT-themed books included in California public schools' reading list

    03/22/2013 11:10:02 AM PDT · by massmike · 40 replies
    <p>Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender literature are included in the California Department of Education's newest reading list for students,prompting complaints from critics who say a leftist agenda is being pushed on kids, the San Jose Mercury News reported.</p> <p>Controversial topics have been introduced to California students in the past, but this is the first time the state has put forth works celebrated by the Stonewall Book Awards, which since 1971 has recognized LGBT literature, according to the newspaper.</p>
  • Rotten to the Core: Reader feedback from the frontlines

    02/01/2013 12:58:20 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Michelle Malkin.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    From a history teacher: I am anxiously awaiting the next installment in your Rotten to the Core series. As a history teacher, the Common Core Standards don’t have much of an impact on my teaching (yet – and to my understanding). The whole of this program seems to be shrouded in edu-speak and double talk (which are mostly the same). In addition to the Common Core, we were given an intro to another change coming to my district… and from what I’ve seen, it is spreading to districts across the country. The new model for teaching is Strategic Planning Strategies...
  • A Wealth of Words (The key to increasing upward mobility is expanding vocabulary.)

    01/28/2013 2:01:44 PM PST · by FewsOrange · 20 replies
    City Journal ^ | January 2013 | E. D. Hirsch, Jr.
    E. D. Hirsch, Jr. A Wealth of Words The key to increasing upward mobility is expanding vocabulary. WInter 2013 A number of notable recent books, including Joseph Stiglitz’s The Price of Inequality and Timothy Noah’s The Great Divergence, lay out in disheartening detail the growing inequality of income and opportunity in the United States, along with the decline of the middle class. The aristocracy of family so deplored by Jefferson seems upon us; the counter-aristocracy of merit that long defined America as the land of opportunity has receded. These writers emphasize global, technological, and sociopolitical trends in their analyses. But...
  • Reading is Easy (Illiteracy is hard)

    01/09/2013 6:20:26 PM PST · by arthurus · 15 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 08 January 201 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    ...endless shock waves of intellectual disorientation. Here is jargon concocted by our elite experts during this long national nightmare: psycholinguistics, miscue analysis, reading strategies, comprehension strategies, whole word, guessing, picture reading, whole language, sight words, balanced literacy, reading readiness, word walls, active learning practices, closed instructional activities, high-frequency words, thinking and learning about print, invented spelling, reading recovery, emergent literacy, creative curriculum approach, functional systemic linguistic theory, rich literacy activities, authoring cycle, capability beliefs, post-reading, lifelong reader, cognitive flexibility theory, independent reading, kid watching. The drift of all this malarkey is that reading is a very difficult thing to do.
  • Why Americans Are Stupid

    01/01/2013 5:32:24 AM PST · by IbJensen · 99 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 1/1/2013 | Diane Alden
    After watching the viral video of the Obamaphone lady in October, I thought to myself — we are in a lot of trouble. It forced me to consider just how literate are the voters and people of the US. It’s very hard to tell given so few studies nail it down to specifics. For some reason the federal government does not want to get an exact account of how many illegal immigrants we have or how much illiteracy there is in the US. The census bureau delves into high school graduation levels, but not literacy rates. Perhaps because literacy and...
  • When is "Drill and Kill" not "Drill and Kill"??

    12/12/2012 3:13:42 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 19 replies
    Rantrave.com ^ | Dec. 6, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    If there is one true cancer in the land of education, according to our Education Establishment, it’s the torture known as “drill and kill.”Progressive educators always hated Drill and Kill. It hurts the child, we are told, and is the end of genuine learning.For the last hundred years, our Education Establishment condemned the direct transmission of knowledge from teacher to student. These elite educators are constantly in a rage that students might be forced to prepare for a test in the traditional sense, that is, they know facts. And yet, when it helps their agenda, the commissars will turn on...
  • For Young Latino Readers, an Image Is Missing

    12/05/2012 6:51:16 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 50 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 4, 2012 | MOTOKO RICH
    PHILADELPHIA — Like many of his third-grade classmates, Mario Cortez-Pacheco likes reading the “Magic Tree House” series, about a brother and a sister who take adventurous trips back in time. He also loves the popular “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” graphic novels. But Mario, 8, has noticed something about these and many of the other books he encounters in his classroom at Bayard Taylor Elementary here: most of the main characters are white. “I see a lot of people that don’t have a lot of color,” he said.
  • Some Harsh Words About "Guided Reading"

    10/30/2012 2:22:36 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 21 replies
    EdArticle.com ^ | Sept. 17, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A reading teacher commented on the Internet: “The situation in the local public schools is getting worse. This year they switched to Guided Reading. Take a look at Pinnell & Fountas. This is a perfect example of 'how not to teach reading.'" Curious, I asked a teacher in Chicago what she knew about Guided Reading. Here’s her indignant response: -------------- “HA!!! Fountas and Pinnell!!!!! They created Guided Reading (I think). These are two women who are obvious whole language experts. They publish their stuff at Heinemann. Let me explain how Guided Reading goes. You know, Bruce, in a whole language...
  • The Campaigns Against the Western Manner of Learning to Read and Applying English Grammar

    11/19/2012 3:00:43 PM PST · by Pleistarchos · 28 replies
    The Hot Gates 480BC ^ | Pleistarchos
    .... From there the regression into abandoning the teaching of reading to children was rapid. Teaching “reading” came to be viewed by many to be the act of repeatedly showing children flash cards in an effort to get them to recognize words by rote memorization as opposed to actually reading the words. Fortunately for my eldest, this had not reached the elementary schools by the mid-90s and she was taught how to read and write. My youngest, though, was met with this like a freight train and the results were comparable with a train wreck. My youngest was a hard-working...
  • Child Abuse: Sandusky, the Catholic Church, and the Education Establishment

    10/18/2012 2:03:42 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 6 replies
    Right side News ^ | Aug. 15, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [ARTICLE IS ABOUT READING] Everyone sees the parallel between the Jerry Sandusky case and the Catholic Church’s problems with pedophilia over the last several decades. Namely, there are unspeakable crimes well hidden by endless hypocrisy. A blogger writes: “This Sandusky story reminds of pedophilia among many priests of the Catholic Church, that were also swept under the rug for many, many years by Bishops, Archbishops, Cardinals…and I hate to say it, all the way up to the movers and shakers of Catholicism at the Vatican!” A professor of history wrote in a recent column: “For a quarter-century, much of my...
  • Women Beat Men on IQ Tests for First Time... But Why??

    10/05/2012 3:11:56 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 50 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 4, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    American media are excitedly reporting that women are smarter than men, according to IQ tests. Not equal to men, supposedly the goal of feminism, but superior to men. That is quite a jump, all in a matter of decades. How could such a thing happen? After all, biology tells us that genes tend to be stable over generations. An ABC News blog reported: “James Flynn, a New Zealand-based researcher known as an IQ testing expert, said...that women have closed the gap and even inched ahead in this battle of the intelligent sexes...Deciding which is the smarter sex is an ever-controversial...
  • Reading is Fundamental - to our Republic

    09/26/2012 12:41:41 PM PDT · by Guido2012 · 6 replies
    Set Our Children Free ^ | 9/26/12 | Tony Caruso
    The class of 2012 had the worst SAT reading scores since 1972. The left will no doubt attribute this to racism, but any serious look at the past generation leads to the inescapable conclusion that kids who grew up in the computer age just don’t read anymore. So it is no mystery that they will perform poorly on reading comprehension tests. Kids don’t forget how to read, they simply lose the ability (if they ever had it) to comprehend and process the information they are reading, and analyzing it to any meaningful degree. Based on what I have seen in...
  • Boehner Mocks GOP Platform: ‘I’ve Not Met Ever Anybody’ Who Read It (Video)

    08/28/2012 9:18:22 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 41 replies
    CNS ^ | August 27, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    House Speaker John Boehner--who two years ago led House Republicans in releasing the 48-page “A Pledge to America” to tell voters what Republicans would do if they won control of the House--mocked the national platform produced by the delegates to the Republican National Convention by telling a group of reporters in Tampa on Monday that the document should have been restricted to "one sheet of paper" if the delegates wanted anybody to read it. “Have you ever met anybody who read the party platform?” Boehner said at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. “I’ve not met ever anybody.”...
  • For Those Who Want to Lead, Read

    08/20/2012 7:01:25 AM PDT · by Future Snake Eater · 24 replies
    Harvard Business Review ^ | 15AUG12 | John Coleman
    When David Petraeus visited the Harvard Kennedy School in 2009, one of the meetings he requested was with author Doris Kearns Goodwin. Petraeus, who holds a PhD in International Relations from Princeton, is a fan of Team of Rivals and wanted time to speak to the famed historian about her work. Apparently, the great general (and current CIA Director) is something of a bibliophile. He's increasingly an outlier. Even as global literacy rates are high (84%), people are reading less and less deeply. The National Endowment for the Arts (PDF) has found that "[r]eading has declined among every group of...
  • VIDEO: 25 Anchors Read the Exact Same Script

    07/18/2012 9:41:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Media Bistro ^ | 7/18/12 | Andrew Gauthier
    “I scream, you scream… well, you know the rest.” That’s the line dozens of local news anchors across the country read off their teleprompters recently, giving Conan O’Brien plenty of fodder for what has become a regular segment on his show–supercuts of TV anchors saying the exact same thing (video above).
  • Students sue school district for violating their 'right to read'

    07/18/2012 5:19:03 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 27 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 7/18/2012 | Stacy Teicher Khadaroo
    Students are suing the state of Michigan and their Detroit-area school district for violating their "right to read." The class-action lawsuit appears to be the first of its kind, and potentially signals a new wave of civil rights litigation in the United States to enforce laws intended to boost academic achievement, education law experts say. The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed what it has dubbed the "right to read" lawsuit on behalf of the nearly 1,000 students in the impoverished district.
  • Long Beach City College tries an alt to placement tests [as 85% reading and 73% math need remedial)

    06/25/2012 5:34:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 25, 2012 | Carla Rivera
    Edward Yacuta felt rushed and nervous when he took a test to determine whether he was ready for college-level English classes at Long Beach City College. The 18-year-old did poorly on the exam, even though he was getting good grades in an Advanced Placement English class at Long Beach's Robert A. Millikan High School. Most community colleges would assign students like Yacuta to a remedial class, but he will avoid that fate at Long Beach. The two-year school is trying out a new system this fall that will place students who graduated from the city's high schools in courses based...
  • Book Review: 'In Chambers' edited by Todd C. Peppers and Artemus Ward (Supreme Court & its clerks)

    06/17/2012 9:52:13 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies
    Lehigh Live ^ | April 9, 2012
    They've been called “Courtiers of the Marble Palace” and “Sorcerers' Apprentices.” But to the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, their law clerks are much more: sparring partners, workhorses and, often, extended family. Each of the court's nine justices hires several law clerks for yearlong stints, newly minted lawyers from top law schools who have impeccable credentials. The role of a clerk includes assisting the justices in determining what cases to take, preparing them for the oral arguments and helping write opinions. Now a new collection of essays, “In Chambers: Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices” (University...
  • Mona McNee -- Why She Fights For Phonics

    04/28/2012 11:57:58 AM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 40 replies
    RantRave.com ^ | April 25, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    For more than 40 years, Mona McNee has been fighting the good fight on behalf of intelligent reading instruction. She is the author of "Step By Step" (a phonics program) and "The Great Reading Disaster" (with Alice Coleman, 2007, 335 pages), which chronicles the incompetence of the UK's Education Establishment. I always think of Mona McNee as the Patron Saint of Reading.Mona has recently prepared a booklet called "Why Billy can't read," which sums up her message in 30 pages. You can find a pdf of this booklet, and as well her free phonics program, on phonics4free.org (link below). Mona...
  • Why Tom Clancy doesn't write literature

    04/10/2012 2:14:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    The Flaming Right ^ | April 10, 2012 | Paul Murphy
    Willa Cather wrote an American literary masterpeice - so did Fitzgerald, Bellow, and Mailer - but Clancy's Red Storm Rising is just commercial junk. Take a university English course offered under a summary like "The American Novel" or "A Survey of American Literature" and you find that before the 1930s the great American novel was written by people like Mark Twain, Nathanial Hawthorne, and Henry James - but literary greatness after that period devolved to people like Philip Roth, John Barth, and Paul Auster. So why is the Life of Pi great literature and Cardinal of the Kremlin just paplum?...
  • Big Lie Has New Name: High Frequency Words

    03/30/2012 12:29:01 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 14 replies
    CanadaFreePress ^ | March 30, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [More about Sight-Words...] Your average criminal has a few aliases. It’s de rigueur in the underworld. But only real swashbucklers pass the half-dozen mark. Think about the confusion keeping your identities straight. Down South you’re Jackson Jones, but in New York you answer to Maxie Smith, however, guys in Atlantic City call you Lefty,” as in, “Yo, Lefty, still doing hits?” Which has to remind us of Whole Word, one of the greatest swashbucklers since Charles Ponzi’s business plan. This wise guy--I mean Whole Word-- came into the world as Look-say, with a few early aliases such as Word Method...
  • (VANITY)Meditation on Sunday Mass Readings of Fourth Sunday of Lent

    03/20/2012 3:45:38 AM PDT · by God-fear-republican
    Mar. 20th, 2012 | God-fear-republican
    Sunday Mass Readings of Fourth Sunday of Lent: http://new.usccb.org/bible/readings/031812-fourth-sunday-of-lent.cfm Dearest Lord: Your royal instrument said, “Whoever, therefore, among you belongs to any part of his people, let him go up (to rebuild Jerusalem) , and may his God be with him!" Oh, we were born in iniquities, our nature, which was once pristine, is now defiled with infidelity upon infidelity. It is perpetually true that the loss of charity and sanctifying beauty of our soul always come from infidelity, the refusal to worship the Lord our God. You have given so much grace and strong foundation, the Church, to guide...
  • "Let Them Eat Sight-Words"

    02/21/2012 3:37:12 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 36 replies
    CanadaFreePress ^ | Feb. 15, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Marie Antoinette, on hearing that French peasants had no bread to eat, suggested, “Let them eat cake.” This quip perfectly captured the haughty indifference which many people attributed to the French monarchy. A few years later, she was punished for her hauteur: execution by guillotine. The famous quote was probably never uttered. Real or not, it’s a handy symbol for an arrogant elite, indifferent to the suffering of the people. When you read in the newspaper that the US has 50 million functional illiterates, the disdainful queen should flash into your mind.During the 1920’s, the American population was moving toward...
  • “Balanced Literacy“ -- Unbalanced and Unhinged

    01/09/2012 2:37:06 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 11 replies · 1+ views
    RantRave.com ^ | Jan. 7, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [MORE ABOUT READING, SPECIFICALLY, THAT SO-CALLED BALANCED LITERACY IS ANOTHER CHAPTER IN THE LONG-RUNNING HOAX:] So here’s the deal. The same people who lied to us about reading for 70 years now want us to believe they are finally telling the truth. They said that English isn’t phonetic, that children don’t need the alphabet and the sounds, that children need only to look at words and memorize the shapes. All this was utter nonsense. They further said that if children didn’t recognize a word (which they typically didn’t as it’s hard work to memorize a word by its shape), they...