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Seattle, the west coast haven of coffee, culture and the Arts has been named America's most literate city. A study put Seattle directly ahead of Minneapolis, Washington D.C., Atlanta and San Francisco in terms of literacy, which researchers said was critical to a city's long term economic and social success.
Researchers at Central Connecticut State University surveyed the literacy of 69 of America's largest cities in terms of newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment and internet use. AP Has More.
Kathleen forwarded an email from REFORMANET: This is just the introductory paragraph of very long and quite interesting article on reading habits in Mexico: what's a best seller's print run; what happens to unsold books; fotonovelas as the most read items, etc. It comes from Confabulario, El Universal's Literary Supplement. It will probably be online for another day or so, at least that has been the pattern in the past. Perhaps some one can summarize it English for the those that don't speak Spanish.
Journalist Mohammed Al-Jazairy says According to the latest statistics by UNESCO, on average, the individual Arab citizen spends no more than six minutes reading for pleasure per year! Moreover, the UNDP's Arab Development Report for 2003 revealed that every year, Spain alone translates more books than the Arab World in its entirety. Not only was the quantity of reading material on the decline but so was the quality, the report added.
Internet says One Penny weighs 3.11 grams, and 1 pound=453.59237 grams, so the 13 million pennies saved by the kids at The Provo City School District in Utah must weigh about 90,000 pounds. The Pennies for Pages campaign aims to raise $10,000 for each of the 13 schools to start leveled reading libraries, which provide books appropriate to individual students' skill levels.So far, about $10,400 has been collected.
The 13th Book Week of Iran which kicked off today focuses on the promotion of book reading, MNA said. According to Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad-Hossein Saffar Harandi, the policy of the ministry previously focused on book publishing, but this year it focuses on book reading as the main element which would lead to more publications in the future.
Can your baby or toddler distinguish patterns? Surely he or she can make comparisons, right? Or perhaps your youngster is just good at making a mess?
The latter could be a problem under a government proposal in Britain that would have children start training for school almost as soon as they leave the womb.
The initiative would require every nursery and every caregiver to teach newborns and toddlers an â€œEarly Years Foundation Stageâ€ curriculum beginning in 2008.
Cox News Service Has More
GregS* writes "At TechCentralStation, John S. Gardner, former General Counsel of the U.S. Agency for International Development from 2001 to 2005, offers 10 goals for the United Nations he feels are reachable by their 70th anniversary on 2015. #3: Raising literacy rates to 75%:
"Here's an idea: if a U.S. college graduate teaches children for two years in the developing world, will States agree to waive the normal teaching preparation courses and permit that person to enter into teaching once he or she returns home to the U.S.?""
sent by slashgirl: Interesting opinion piece on cbc.ca by Mary Ellen Lang about reading and how necessary it is. Find it here. Excerpt:
For years, studies have shown that the most significant therapy for young offenders is not Outward Bound camps, not psychological counselling, not tough love or family healing, but remedial reading.
...People who cannot read are surrounded with a culture that requires this skill at every turn. They are also surrounded by people who can make their way through all these unfathomable shapes and letter combinations with apparent ease. To say that non-readers suffer from feelings of acute frustration, anger and inadequacy would be an understatement.