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Paying Parents to Read to Their Children Boosts Literacy Skills

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…

Turkey Protest

Protesters have clashed with Turkish riot policemen during a protest against the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park in Istanbul, Turkey 

by F Guzzardi

There was very little coverage of the protests on television channels in Turkey, reflecting the environment of self-censorship by the media, which has, among other things, been pressured into dismissing staff too critical of the government.
The protest grew out of anger at heavy-handed tactics by police to break up a peaceful sit-in to protect a park in Istanbul's main Taksim square on Friday.
It turned into a wider protest against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who is seen as becoming increasingly authoritarian.
The protest that started in Istanbul spread during Friday to the nation's capital where protesters were still throwing missiles at police and dodging the spray of water cannon long after darkness fell.
The protesters in Ankara chanted anti-government slogans in solidarity with those in Istanbul.

Turkish protesters 

Protesters lit fires and scuffled with police in parts of Istanbul and Ankara early on Sunday, but the streets were generally quieter after two days of Turkey's fiercest anti-government demonstrations for years.

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