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Friday, January 20, 2012
For the Love of Reading
Three recent articles place value on fostering the love of story and reading:
Ottawa Citizen, December 13, 2011: Matthew Pearson
Despite rising standardized test scores, a new study suggests the joy
of reading among grade schoolers has dropped drastically over the past
decade. The People for Education report found the percentage of
students in Grade 3 who report they like to read has declined by almost a
third, from 76 per cent in 1998/99 to only 50 per cent in 2010/2011. Read more ...
New York Times, January 20, 2012: Anne Stone and Jeff Nichols
In his recent State of the State address, Governor Cuomo said he wants
to be an advocate for children. Let him lobby to protect their natural
curiosity and love of learning from the onslaught of anti-intellectual,
ends-oriented teaching practices forced on our educators by
over-emphasis on standardized tests.
Studies show that children who do not do well on reading tests often
have little access to books. Studies also show that increasing access to
books through libraries increases how much reading children do, and
more reading results in better reading, spelling, grammar, writing, and a
Thanks, Al, for the RT and blogpost.
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