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Paying Parents to Read to Their Children Boosts Literacy Skills

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers have found a surprising way to help boost the skills of children with language impairment: Pay their parents to read to them.  A new study tested four techniques to get parents or other caregivers to complete a 15-week literacy intervention for their children with language impairment.  Only one of those techniques – paying parents 50 cents for each reading session – led to children showing significant gains in reading test scores, findings showed.  “We were somewhat stunned to find that paying parents had this strong effect. We didn’t anticipate this,” said Laura Justice, lead author of the study and professor of educational psychology at The Ohio State University.  The other three techniques tried in the study were offering positive feedback to the parents, offering encouragement, and modeling to parents how to read in a way that improved children’s literacy skills.  None of these three was helpful, and offering feedback actually had a slight…

Syracuse: the sleeping Beauty


 


 Photos by Francesco Mule` 

Syracuse: the Sleeping Beauty  

by F. Guzzardi
 
With an unemployment rate of 50%  Syracuse is the symbol of  a beautiful Sicily devastated from  the wild industrialization practiced in the late sixties. A shy entrepreneurship lacking in resources, puts the labor market     tight on the endless promises of politicians unscrupulous. The natural inclination of the Sicilians to wait for aid from the central government, makes the economy  poor of initiatives to generate jobs. Yet it would take very little to trigger a revival that should be primarily a tourist destination. The natural position: lying on the Mediterranean, a meeting point between cultures Arabic-Greek, Baroque architecture of rare beauty, mild and sunny climate for eight months a year's. Farm activities'   could provide much more if  favored by a policy of reducing the costs of export (if you think that we rarely get to see Sicilian oranges or lemons beyond the borders of the country). The bite of the Mafia hits the few entrepreneurs willing forcing them to close or to pay a burdensome "Pizzo" that deprives them of the already modest  income.The openings of several large shopping malls that are sick with most of the empty shops,evidence a system of money laundering run by the organized crime .Syracuse is the tail of the snake Italy weakened by corruption that becomes routine practice in the State and Regional administrations. Syracuse asks for help and does so in the conspiratorial silence of which are guilty even the best young forces of the city, aware of an unimaginable future and a present uninhabitable. Many emigrants to the city se   and many descendants in America that bear witness to the "Siracusani",   a`laboriousness  people if who put in the right condition, can give the best, not forgetting their roots wet from the source (Nymph) "Arethusa", where  the waters of the source  Cyane  merge the Mediterranean aromas of citrus and tomatoes in the sun.

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