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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…

My Cinco de Mayo

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fa/Cinco_de_Mayo%2C_1901_poster.jpgToday is celebrated in Mexico and in most of the U.S. "Cinco de mayo." Its origins are to be found in the will of the Mexican-American community to enhance the themes of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War. Today, the anniversary is seen as a celebration of Mexican pride. In Mexico, principally in the state of Puebla, the holiday commemorates the day of victory over the French army at the Battle of Puebla (May 5, 1862) and is also known as El Día de la Batalla de Puebla.
But May 5 reminds me of another event, perhaps less important, but I would like to remind those who have no memory or pretend not to have:

 But May 5 also reminds me of other events, perhaps most important:

 1981Bobby Sands dies in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27.

 1920 – Authorities arrest Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti for alleged robbery and murder.

 1964 – The Council of Europe declares May 5 as Europe Day.

 1860Giuseppe Garibaldi sets sail from Genoa, leading the expedition of the Thousand to conquer the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and giving birth to the Kingdom of Italy.

1891 – The Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.

1946 – The International Military Tribunal for the Far East begins in Tokyo with twenty-eight Japanese military and government officials accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

 1944 – German troops execute 216 civilians in the village of Kleisoura in Greece

 1972Alitalia Flight 112 crashes into Mount Longa near Palermo, Sicily, killing all 115 aboard, making it the deadliest single-aircraft disaster in Italy.

 1987Iran-Contra affair: start of Congressional televised hearings in the United States of America

 That May 5th is a celebration of the memory, to each his own, to each his memories, the same pains and the same joys for a better future.

 Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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