One hundred years ago, Andrew Carnegie made the gift of literacy to more than 3,500 communities across the United States through his endowment of publ...
Ida lives in a New Jersey suburb just ten miles west of New York City. She's 62 years old, has kept the same job in a factory for twenty-nine years and lives in the home where she grew up and raised her family. But for years, she has lived with a secret that not even those closest to her knew: Ida cannot read.
I am on my way to a village to talk to local officials about the Global Learning XPRIZE, our competition to develop software that will enable children to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic.
We can't lose sight of how many families may not even have pajamas to change into - how many children sleep in their clothes. How many families feel a cold that comes from neglect and loneliness. The change in weather only amplifies their chill.
Here are some of the connections I researched while working on my book, Home for Dinner. And remember, none of these requires a gourmet meal or a trip to the bookstore. Library books and a takeout pizza are just as good.
In the backwoods of rural America, many children of impoverished Latino families unknowingly struggle with visual impairments that would otherwise be easily accommodated by suburban moms and attentive urban school principals.
Debate in early childhood education has largely shifted from the kindergarten to the pre-kindergarten. A lot of attention has been paid to the question, "Does Head Start work?"
Poverty and the plight of the powerless is hard to behold firsthand. It is something so many people try to forget, save a few distant images on screens or words uttered in calm monotone on NPR while we drink our morning coffee.
Understanding the written word opens up windows to the world. It allows a person to communicate with others not in immediate proximity, to engage with thoughts from fellow humans far and away, and with people who lived in the past.
Simply having access to books improves children's reading performance throughout their education, leading to long-term benefits in education, and subsequently in income, employment, and socioeconomic status. Unfortunately, not all kids have that access.
To commemorate International Literacy Day, rather than reiterate the importance of literacy or bemoan how badly many developing countries have fared, I'd like to share a frugal solution for mass literacy that I have been advocating for in national policy in India.
School is starting again and that means so many things. Some children are excited about moving up a grade while some may not be so excited about s...
September 8 is International Literacy Day. Even though Google's recent restructuring has nothing to do with literacy, it is a curious fact that the parent company that Larry Page and Sergey Brin created, is called, Alphabet. As Larry wrote in his blog, speaking for Sergey and himself:
There are 36 million adults in the United States -- nearly 15% of the adult population -- who read at what are called "basic" and "below-basic" levels.
As part of our Smart Parents series (and our culminating book, Smart Parents: Parenting for Powerful Learning), we have been discovering new tools, tips and even BOOKS for little ones that teach new skills, ways of learning and looking at the world.
Children of color need to be able to see themselves in the books they read. Just as importantly, all children need to be exposed to a wide range of books that reflect the true diversity of our nation and world as they really are.