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January 25, 2010

Texas' Book-Banning Boo-Boo

Funny or scary? You be the judge. The Texas board of education bans the author of the children's book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? on the mistaken belief that he wrote a book critical of American capitalism. (Hat tip to Robert Pondiscio over at the Core Knowledge blog.)

January 22, 2010

'Texting' Improves Literacy, British Study Finds

A U.K. study finds that children who text regularly improve their literacy skills.

January 21, 2010

Indiana Governor Calls for Ending 'Social Promotion'

Indiana's governor is backing legislation to end "social promotion," but it appears likely to face some serious obstacles.

January 12, 2010

Budget Axe Hits Louisiana Classrooms

Louisiana is reducing by $16 million its spending for precollegiate education, including a program to improve reading and math skills.

January 12, 2010

Reading Skill and Content Knowledge: The Debate Continues

More debate on the role content knowledge plays in developing adolescent literacy.

January 11, 2010

Reading Aloud to Adolescents: Content Knowledge Matters

In response to an Education Week story, Core Knowledge blogger Robert Pondiscio argues that without content knowledge, reading aloud to students is of limited value.

January 06, 2010

Reading Aloud to Adolescents, and a Socratic Curriculum

Many teachers find reading aloud to adolescents valuable; the Socratic approach to learning finds fans in Cincinnati.

January 04, 2010

Is Reading Comprehension a Skill? The Debate Goes On

A professor and the president of the English teachers' association discuss whether reading comprehension is a skill that can be taught.

December 28, 2009

Book Describes How Students with Learning Disabilities Read

Beth Fertig shows what it takes for some students with learning disabilities, including dyslexia, to be taught to read.

December 16, 2009

Does Reading Recovery Work for English-Learners? We Don't Know.

The What Works Clearinghouse of the U.S. Department of Education explored the question of whether the Reading Recovery short-term tutoring intervention is effective with English-language learners, but it didn't come up with an answer.

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