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Studies show that FCAT scores up at schools with good libraries.
Good media centers mean better scores on the FCAT, according to a recent study. And yet media specialists are often overworked and inadequately compensated. With either claim, is this really the case? Read the full story and come to your own conclusions. Share them with all of us!
Librarians have long believed they provide more to their youngest patrons than a good time and an engaging story. Now they have more data to prove it.
A study of two dozen library literacy efforts released yesterday at the Public Library Association's conference in Seattle concluded that such programs motivate parents to spend more time reading to babies and preschoolers and helping them learn about letters, words and books.
At their recent meeting in Boston, the American Dialect Society named "metrosexual" "manscaping" and "flexitarian" as the newest words in the American lexicon. Story from the Seattle Times
According to the article, gay culture had a prominent impact on our verbiage last year. TV's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" spawned "zhuzh," which means to fluff up or primp. Hip-hop brought us the suffix "izzle" as in "televizzle" and "wait a minizzle." "Bling bling," as in flashy jewelry, has been clipped to "bling." Note to spell-checkers everywhere: better add these words to your lexicon!
From BBC news comes responses to a poll showing Britons knowlege and/or ignorance of popular culture and classic literature, including Wordsworth and Shakespeare. When asked to complete the line "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your..." from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, some people said swords or money rather than ears, but 71% knew that "the power of the dark side" was spoken by Darth Vader.
The ResourceShelf Dude, Gary D. Price, sent along an Interesting One out of Australia where Labor leader Mark Latham has promised every new-born child in Australia three free books in a $35 million pledge to improve childhood learning.
More parenting classes, adult-literacy education and screening for hearing and sight problems for all children at birth would also feature under a Labor federal government, he told the ALP national conference yesterday.
"This is a program that looks to the future, and invests in the future of young Australians," Mr Latham said.
This story from the Canada.com network reports on father-son book clubs and mentoring/intervention projects that bring average Joes into the classroom to read aloud and lead discussions. Assessment of boys who have participated in these programs indicate that male reading mentors can be an important factor in closing the growing literacy gap between boys and girls. Heather Richmond, a literacy expert at St. Thomas University in New Brunswick, says that boys need men to confirm the "guy rules of engagement" with a book.
Steve Fesenmaier writes "Dena Lanier hands out amNew York, a free condensed daily newspaper that made its debut on Friday. New York is the latest market where publishers are trying out a product that is intended to attract readers aged 21 to 34.
They say target audience is readers aged 21 to 34 - a generation that spends far less time reading newspapers than its parents do.
The challenge of reaching that elusive group was evident in the effort Mr. Johnson was making: he had to meet the gaze of perhaps 20 passers-by before he successfully pressed the paper into the hands of one of them, and many of those hands appeared far older than his employer might have liked.
Mock Turtle writes "With Adult Learners Week 2003, Jamaica seeks to draw attention to the nation's 20.1 percent illiteracy rate, highlighting the fact that many adults who cannot read are too embarrassed to attend literacy classes. Adult Learners Week, a project of the Jamaican Council for Adult Education (JaCAE), features a variety of events to promote the view that provision of learning opportunities should be a matter of public policy. Read more about it at The Jamaica Observer."
Mock Turtle writes "Here's another example of (ahem) harnessing the power of animals to encourage kids to read: The Black Stallion Literacy Project, the brainchild of Mark Miller, owner of the Arabian Nights dinner/performance attraction in Kissimmee, FL, and Tim Farley, son of the the late Walter Farley (author of the Black Stallion books). First- and fourth-graders receive free books and special visits with the Arabian Nights horses. Last year, the Black Stallion Literacy Project reached 35,000 children across the United States, about half of whom were from Central Florida. A traveling troupe of horses and performers takes the program on the road outside of Central Florida. The Orlando Sentinel profiles the Black Stallion Literacy Project."