Here are some literacy-related stories to warm your heart, or at least pique your interest:
- According to a January 15th article in the Belfast Telegraph, "parents who stop reading to their children once they start compulsory education at the age of five are jeopardising their chances of success. Research shows that children brought up in a home that continues to regard reading as a source of entertainment are far more likely to achieve higher reading standards in national curriculum tests." This is from an upcoming report by the National Literacy Trust. "The report, part of a nationwide Family Reading Campaign mounted by the National Literacy Trust and the BBC, will also show there has been a decline in enjoyment of reading over the past five years - particularly among boys." Although the data in this report is specific to the UK, I would be surprised if the broad conclusions were not also reflected in the U.S.
- U.S. First Lady Laura Bush is in Paris attending a conference on literacy. You can read more in this AP article.
- According to a January 15th press release: "Chicago Tribune Charities, a McCormick Tribune Foundation fund, has announced grants totaling $950,000 to forty-one programs committed to building adult and children's literacy in the Chicago metropolitan area...Twelve children's literacy programs will receive grants totaling $280,000."
- In an article that is sure to be controversial, the Daily Telegraph reports: "Muslim mothers who do not speak English at home are stunting their children's literacy levels, one of the Government's most influential education advisers said last night. Sir Cyril Taylor, the chairman of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, said that the failure of parents to speak English at home was a key reason why some schools were at the bottom of newly-published-league tables". I found the link to this article here.