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2011-02-16 13:00:36

Amid concerns about the lagging math and science performance of American children, American adults are actually scoring higher than they did 20 years ago on a widely used index of civic scientific literacy, according to a University of Michigan researcher. In 1988, just 10 percent of U.S. adults had sufficient understanding of basic scientific ideas to be able to read the Tuesday Science section of The New York Times, according to Jon Miller, a researcher at the U-M Institute for Social...

2011-02-15 00:02:50

More than 500 leading educators will attend the Third Annual Hawaii Users Conference hosted by Achieve3000®, Thursday, February 17, 2011. The Third Annual Hawaii Users Conference will be held at Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort in Honolulu to honor literacy achievement in Hawaii with keynote presentations by Dr. Mel Riddile and Dr. Michael Kamil. In addition, students who have made significant gains in literacy will be honored at a lunch time celebration. Honolulu, HI (PRWEB) February 14,...

2010-12-08 00:00:42

Melanie West, America's leading authority on right-brain learning, has dedicated her life to discovering why millions of America's students are having trouble succeeding in school and she believes she may have the solution to what she calls an epidemic. West believes that how well you perform at school is highly dependent on whether you are left- or right-brain dominant and that America's school system uses archaic left-brain-centric methods of teaching incompatible with how today's children...

2010-12-06 07:00:00

New Literacy Initiative Helps Share the Joy of Reading this Holiday Season WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's largest children's literacy nonprofit, and First Book announced a partnership to keep the current "Grinch economy" from spoiling the future for many children this holiday season. Together, the organizations are giving the gift of reading by providing 500,000 new books for children in RIF programs nationwide. "At...

2010-11-15 07:47:00

DUBLIN, November 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The MSD/NALA Health Literacy Initiative is delighted to announce the launch of the fourth Crystal Clear MSD Health Literacy Awards. Continuing to gain momentum since their inaugural launch in 2007 the awards are designed to recognise and reward excellence in health literacy in the healthcare sector. Health Literacy is increasingly being recognised as an important issue and is a person's ability to understand medical terms and basic health...

2010-11-10 13:23:58

Couples who score well on a simple test of numeracy ability accumulate more wealth by middle age than couples who score poorly on such a test, according to a new study of married couples in the United States. Researchers found that when both spouses answered three numeracy-related questions correctly, family wealth averaged $1.7 million, while among couples where neither spouse answered any questions correctly the average household wealth was $200,000. Numeracy is the ability to reason with...

2010-11-04 08:00:00

Challenge Surpasses Goal of 10 Million Minutes; Dividend Miles and Special Edition Children's Book Awarded to Supporters WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's largest children's literacy nonprofit, and US Airways (NYSE: LCC) today announced that more than 5,500 participants logged more than 16 million minutes of reading to children from September 1 through October 31, 2010, surpassing this year's goal of 10 million minutes....

2010-11-02 23:59:20

A pre-school language intervention programme can significantly improve the educational lives of children with poorly developed speech and language skills, according to new research by psychologists at the University of York. In the Language 4 Reading project, a team from the University's Department of Psychology at the University of York have evaluated the benefits of a pre-school language intervention programme for children who enter school with poorly developed speech and language skills....

2010-10-19 09:00:00

MALVERN, Pa., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Illiteracy continues to be a problem facing many Americans. In the early 1980's, 35 million adults couldn't read above an eighth-grade level, and 23 million more beyond a fourth-grade level. Today, that number has increased to 30 million people who have below basic literacy skills, with 63 million others who possess very basic literacy proficiency -- a statistic that continues to trouble former First Lady Barbara Bush. Both in and out of the White...

2010-10-18 08:00:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Scholastic, the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, is celebrating its 90th anniversary with Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life., a global literacy campaign that underscores the importance of reading as the pathway for young people to succeed in the 21st century. Scholastic is asking everyone committed to the support of young people - partners, educators, business leaders, publishers, booksellers, librarians, nonprofits,...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
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