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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…

Lou Reed


 By F Guzzardi

Lou Reed is dead and I feel more and more alone in this world, I do not know if you noticed, when Celebrity goes away, we lose a piece of our memories, a piece of our history - it is as if a sudden you decompose all the pieces of yourself. 

We leave to go to a rhetorical "Good times" or "Those were real artists." In reality we were only more young and not so happy, I mean .. just like now with some ailment in most, the rest are never aged, because `it always happens to dust off the guitar locked in the basement along with the  jacket style of sixty-eight years  and playing four keys of Lou Reed or in the worst cases to the Battisti - Mogol (Italian singer), without shame, perhaps lowering them by two or three tones because the voice is inevitably most cavernous but with the same emotions.So the real news is about us, our life, because is totally  thanks to this people if we are surviving in the world, yes!  Thanks to the dreams and to the poets who have made us dream, crying, complaining, but also love and contemplate the beauty of the sound and the magic enchantment that creates an entry in which of the melodic line with our thoughts. What other magic enchantment may give us the lives eternal, profoundly engaging, and that is with us for a lifetime, without fatigue and with the same exuberance of when you were 20 years old and maybe you did not believe in God, but you used to love Lou Reed and his Sweet Jeane .  


Lou Reed
  • Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed is an American rock musician, songwriter, and photographer. He is best known as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of The Velvet Underground, and for his solo career, which has spanned several decades. 
  • Born: March 2, 1942 (age 71), Brooklyn, NY
    Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
    Spouse: Laurie Anderson (m. 2008), Sylvia Morales (m. 1980–1994), Betty Reed (m. 1973)

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