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\"Six out of 10 youngsters questioned knew the term \'homepage\' meant the introduction to a website yet only 9% could explain the meaning of a preface in a book.\"
To be honest, I can\'t tell you the difference between a preface, a foreword, and an introduction. How many people on the street can?
\"The results come in a survey of 1,000 seven to 16-year-olds questioned by NOP Research across the UK for MSN.\"
Small sample, large age range. And what does Microsoft have to gain by these results?
\"Youngsters\' reliance on the internet suggests fewer are heading to their local public library to do research. In the poll 25% said the net was their first port of call for help with homework.\"
The statement is probably true, but doesn\'t necessarily follow from the statistic. Just because students go to the Internet first doesn\'t mean they don\'t get to the library eventually.
I\'d really like to see more detailed results and a sample of the survey form on this one. Anybody have more substantial information available?
If you have a chance, find the article itself. It has some great information about how to read to a child that would be good to put on a poster or flyer (with copyright permission, of course). -- Read More
This Wired News Story came in by Quick Submit this afternoon. It appears that students are using the auction-based Google Answers website to buy homework answers and, in some cases, to attempt to buy entire term papers. Google seems to have a strong policy against this, but abusers sneak through the cracks.
The story includes several other links to recent stories about cheating and the Internet.
Charles Davis passed along This CSMonitor Story that asks, Why aren\'t children forging stronger connections with literature, despite a national emphasis on reading?
There\'s an abundance of good books out there, experts say, but children just don\'t seem to be connecting with them enough. Some blame the grown-ups and the disappearance of children\'s bookstores.
News From IA that says a second-grader at Gilbert Elementary School visited the Ames Public Library\'s bookmobile and checked out two R-rated movies during school hours this spring. They say the school\'s proposals to control what students could check out did not match the library\'s principle of unrestricted access to library materials. Library staff members are unwilling to prohibit access to books and materials
Straight Goods has The decline of small pleasures, an interesting look at how much reading children are doing these days. Statscan reported that well-off parents read to their children an average of four minutes a day, although they manage to squeeze in 82 minutes of TV-watching. The books kids are reading illustrate the reformulation of childhood into little more than preparation for “real life,” which has become synonymous with adulthood.
Bob Cox showed us This Washington Post Story on growing number
of parents who shudder at the books their children are asked to read -- tomes
they consider unsuitable because the words, structures or themes are simply
too difficult. Fueling the trend, experts say, is a growing emphasis on tougher academic
standards, not to mention some misguided teachers and overzealous parents.
They say Librarians see the trend and don\'t like it.
\"There are these yuppie parents who think: \'Oh my God, my child hasn\'t read
[Louis Sachar\'s] \"Holes\" yet. They are not going to get into a good prep
school and a good college and have a good life,\' which is ludicrous,\" said
Leslie Poyner, assistant professor of reading at the University of New
The Sure Start library, called Moby, will deliver the toys to the community centres and most parent and toddler groups.
\"Correne Brown, a senior toy librarian, said: \"Moby is always in demand and has proved to be a very popular service with a large selection of toys and equipment. We are extending the route to Mill Hill and Livesey.\"
James Lileks bleats today about art in children\'s books (scroll down to second item).
After complaining about crap from the \'70s or England, he comments, "But there’s been a resurgence in the craft of children’s illustration, and the practitioners are almost entirely female."
Lee Hadden sent over This Newsweek Story on new research that shows preschoolers benefit from instruction in words and sounds. The story says researchers now say the old approach (using preschool as play time) ignores mounting evidence that many preschoolers need explicit instruction in the basics of literacy—the stuff most of us started to learn in first grade, how words fall on a page and the specific sounds and letters that make up words.
Early-literacy advocates say detailed instruction is especially important for the kids in the poorest neighborhoods who have the least exposure to books and sophisticated use of language.