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…

Google’s astounding new search tool will answer any question by reading thousands of books

Google’s astounding new search tool will answer any question by reading thousands of books by Anne Quito (Quartz)
Called "Talk to Books," the AI-powered utility will scan every sentence in 100,000 books in half a second.
For a long period of time, we heard a lot about the ambitious project from Google to scan all of the world's books. This was back in 2007, and Google encountered a lot of battles along the way. But, strangely this story has gone very quiet as of late. Well, amazing things happen when you…

How Exercise Can Help You Recall Words

How Exercise Can Help You Recall Words (nytimes.com)
Aerobic fitness may help you avoid lapses in your vocabulary.
This report reminds me of an episode of Westworld. Call them tip-of-the-tongue moments: those times we can’t quite call up the name or word that we know we know. These frustrating lapses are thought to be caused by a brief disruption in the brain’s ability to access a word’s sounds. We haven’t forgotten the word,…

The Complete Guide to Remembering What You Read

The Complete Guide to Remembering What You Read
What If You Forgot How To Forget?
Rhymes are easier to remember. Nowadays, facts are available at the click of a button. A vast knowledge of facts might make you fun to talk to, but... Being book-smart just for the sake of being book-smart is a vanity metric for your ego. Don’t learn solely for the sake of learning. Be a practitioner. Use the information…