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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…

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The 2013 Top Restaurants In Europe


NEW YORK, June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Opinionated About Dining (OAD) released today its annual Top 100 European Restaurants for 2013 list. The list is based upon the opinions of food bloggers and diners who travel regularly in an effort to visit the world's best restaurants. More than 3,500 people contributed over 110,000 reviews toward this year's results……reade more

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Robert Kennedy Criticizes Privatization of Water at World Environment Forum


SAO PAULO, June 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Privatization is currently the most troubling issue we face in relation to water. That is the opinion of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an activist and attorney specializing in environmental law who took part in the World Environmental Forum organized by LIDE – Grupo de Lideres Empresariais [Group of Business Leaders], in Foz do Iguacu.
"Water ought to be a right for all human beings," asserts Kennedy. He believes that free market capitalism is the best solution, but it must be managed with a social interest, otherwise future generations will have to pay for our mistakes and excesses. And he insists: "We should encourage a more rational use of water, but we cannot restrict the use of water by the poorest people through pricing."  ....reade  more

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the 84th annual League of United Latin American Citizens convention,Thursday, June 20, 2013, in Las Vegas. Biden stressed the importance of maintaining efforts to pass immigration reform in Congress this summer. Statement by Federation for American Immigration  Reform (FAIR) on Corker-Hoeven Amendment to Gang of Eight Immigration Bill

"The amendment offered by Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) offers promises of future border enforcement, while guaranteeing amnesty for illegal aliens immediately. Illegal aliens would gain irrevocable Registered Provisional Immigrant status whether or not the border enforcement promises in the amendment are ever kept.... reade more







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