Why aren’t kids being taught to read?

Why aren't kids being taught to read? (apmreports.org)
Scientific research has shown how children learn to read and how they should be taught. But many educators don't know the science and, in some cases, actively resist it. As a result, millions of kids are being set up to fail.
Emily Hanford investigative report for American Public Media. All annotations in context. The stakes were high. Research shows that children who don't learn to read by the end of third grade are likely to remain poor readers for the rest of their lives, and they're likely to fall behind in other academic areas, too.People who struggle…

We Asked 1,000 People What Happened On Tuesday. Here’s What Some Of Them Said.

We Asked 1,000 People What Happened On Tuesday. Here’s What Some Of Them Said. (HuffPost)
Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, someone's lost cat and Post Malone.
Most Americans pay at least a little attention to current events, but they differ enormously in where they turn to get their news and which stories they pay attention to. To get a better sense of how a busy news cycle played out in homes across the country, we repeated an experiment, teaming up with…

No literacy, no liberty: We are condemning our children to a future without hope

No literacy, no liberty: We are condemning our children to a future without hope | Opinion (Newsweek)
Democrats and Republicans should be ashamed of our recent education report card.
A good piece highlighting the recent 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test scores. The authors indicate the abysmal performance of U.S. students, while indicating the following: should leave all of us—Democrats and Republicans, wealthy or poor alike—ashamed of how we are condemning our children to a future of economic insecurity and social decay. The…

A manifesto for Data Literacy

A manifesto for Data Literacy (TEST)
Catching up on my Bloglines backlog, I noticed John Battelle’s post on a data bill of rights. Last year, I spent some time thinking about how the BBC should deal with personal data, and came …
A post about capturing, retaining, and using personal data: Its Your Data It should always be visible Using data in a service should be a tangible experience Data should be tradable between services Users’ data profiles should be faceted Your data should be disposable

Analysis: How poverty can drive down intelligence

Analysis: How poverty can drive down intelligence (PBS NewsHour)
A new study shows that poverty lowers IQ.
The usual side effects of poverty are abundant and well documented. They include crime, chronic stress and a long list of health conditions. But you may not have heard of this one: lower IQ. That’s according to a recent post by Alice Walton in the University of Chicago Business School’s journal, The Chicago Booth Review: “How poverty changes…