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Wray Herbert | Posted 03.25.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

University of California, San Diego, psychologists doubted the very premise of such speed reading -- that eliminating eye movements is a worthy goal. Instead, they contend, this is the "fatal flaw" in speed-reading apps -- and the reason they will never be useful for reading any text that is not easy or short.

The 'Brain App' That's Better Than Spritz

Annie Murphy Paul | Posted 03.13.2014 | Technology
Annie Murphy Paul

Spritz makers claim the app allows users to read at staggeringly high rates of speed: 600 or even 1,000 words per minute. However, when we read really fast -- especially in complex or difficult material -- our understanding of the text suffers.

Literacy Crisis in Middle Schools Demands Professional Development in Key Teaching Areas

Sheena Hervey | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Sheena Hervey

While some progress has been made in middle school literacy, it's clear that a significant number of current middle school students will graduate unable to understand complex texts necessary to succeed after high school.

Research Debunks Common Standardized Test Taking Strategies

Alex Mallory | Posted 04.14.2013 | College
Alex Mallory

Students' theories about standardized testing shortcuts are as numerous as they are incorrect, but they are usually easy to debunk with a little scrutiny.

Read and Comprehend (Nearly) Everything

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 08.05.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

The true intellectual is a glutton for reading material. Magazines and scholarly journals, biographies and other nonfiction, novels and short stories, poetry and street posters: all beg for attention and study.

Teaching With Tablets: For Young Readers, It's Interaction vs. Distraction

Kirk Cheyfitz | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education
Kirk Cheyfitz

Sticking to retreads makes no use of all the powerful technological innovations now at our command. But creating tablet cartoons has the potential to kill off reading altogether.

Is Literacy A Must-Teach For All Subjects?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

When students learn about the genetic code or pore though Huck Finn, do they really understand what they're reading? That's what New York schools ...

Educating for Democracy: Good Writing -- The Way It Used to Be?

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joel Shatzky

As a teacher of good writing practices for over forty years, I have noticed that the quality of the writing in my classes seemed to be declining. I felt that the writing was barely of junior high school quality.