Reading is a requirement for the contemporary marketplace, yet a large percentage of children, adolescents, and adults in this country are poor readers. Why and how can that be changed?

The Price of Low Literacy in Adults

In an age where ordinary people air their dirty laundry before an audience of millions on daytime talk shows, over one-fifth of American adults—between 41 and 44 million people—harbor a secret they consider so shameful that many do not even...
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Building a Bridge for Excellence Between the Community and the Schools

Duval County, Florida School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Wise has only been on the job for 10 months, but already he is making a big impact on the 165 schools, 130,000 students and 14,000 employees in his district. Taking the lessons...
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A Conversation With Alison Gopnik

Most parents have, at one time or another, gazed lovingly at their newborn child and wondered whether someday their offspring would grow up to be the next Einstein or Newton. If Alison Gopnik were watching, she might suggest that the...
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Are Reading And Writing Innate Skills?

We've come to expect a daily dose of Internet spam—and of intriguing comments and jokes from friends (today I was electronically asked if Lipton Tea employees take coffee breaks, and whatever happened to Preparations A through G?). The terribly misspelled...
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From Genes to Memes – Part 2

Last month's column discussed the human need to replicate and exchange both biological and cultural information. A gene contains and transmits the cross-generation biological information an organism needs to develop and maintain itself. A meme is the cultural equivalent of...
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