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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…

Philosophy Night 2 (Variant)

by F Guzzardi
After the release of my book: "Ermeneutica dell'evidente" I realized that criticizing religions (especially Catholic) causes discomfort not only among believers but also among Catholics by tradition, as are most of the Italian people. My brother first took me off from his friends in Facebook - My eldest son suggested me not to talk about religion because `says," people do not like to be told things that go against their beliefs. " I must admit that miss the friendship (even if only virtual) of a brother makes me even laugh  given the paucity of the story, while I take seriously is the suggestion of my son that I consider sensible and intelligent person, then I stop talking about religions ( at least not to suffer provocations) and move on to other thoughts.
Now, making the point of what people are interested in addition to the miracles of various Madonnas around the world, the pope and Padre Pio, another point of interest in social
media, are the recipes, and then came to my mind  an old Sicilian recipe of my mother prepared as God! (Hops.. Sorry), it is "A pasta co niuru re Siccia" for those who do not understand the Sicilian "pasta with squid ink," Now, although it seems an easy recipe
because is not at all,  as my mother would say "a Siccia a'ssire frisca, si no levici manu" Translation: "The squid fish must be fresh if it not, forget it." 

Pasta with squid ink
Ingredients for 4 people: 2 medium sized squid clean and with the bag of black liquid, a medium-sized finely chopped onion, a clove of garlic, two bay leaves, a fresh sprig of rosemary, a glass of dry white wine , two tablespoons of tomato paste, two glasses of water, two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, half kg. of spaghetti.
Procedure: Cut the squid in strips end, put in a pan  the chopped onion, garlic, bay leaf, rosemary and two tablespoons of oil,  then add the squid, sauté everything for 2 minutes, then washed down with white wine and then the tomatoes, water, salt and red pepper, cook it all for about twenty minutes on low heat and season the noodles cooked al dente with this sauce and  some grated Parmigiano Reggiano (one of the few cases in which goes well with fish) and not be ashamed to go with it a red (trust me) Cerasuolo di Vittoria from Planeta or Tancredi from Donnafugata.The result is excellent!

PS My mother advised "to Sciacquarisi a vucca" rinse the mouth after eating, but this is also a Sicilian way   used to interrupt those who are going to be silly or has just finished telling her  idiot comments....

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