Educational inequality is prevalent in American society. Many factors can contribute that can affect educational attainment of students. These factors include poverty, hunger, immigration, and housing. A child in poverty is more likely to experience hunger and food insecurity that … Continue reading
Having books inside the home motivates students and their parents to read together, and having a variety of books in the home will eventually lead to raising a students’ reading level. Please watch The Power of Reading to find out more … Continue reading
“The past two decades of research powerfully connect access to print with higher reading scores and, conversely, lack of access with lower scores.” (Trelease, 107) Think back to when you were a child. Did your parents read you bedtime stories? … Continue reading
Many Multnomah County voters are wary of a permanent increase (though quite a small one) on assessed value taxes, an understandable stance given our current economic woes. However, I implore these voters to consider the many services and opportunities the library provides and may improve upon if this measure is successful, by creating a solid funding base allowing for extended hours (which were recently cut greatly) and a system of stability. In more ways than one, the Multnomah County Public Libraries are one of our greatest resources in fighting poverty and instigating community improvement.
Though the highly literate are often naturally associated with intelligence and success, statistical documentation of the correlation provides a more concrete basis for this commonly held understanding. One example of a study supporting the effect of reading upon IQ-enrichment, What Reading Does For the Mind, was conducted by Anne E. Cunningham and Keith E. Stanovich published in 2001. In essence, the study found that the more people read, the stronger their “vocabulary and cognitive structures,” regardless of innate ability (Cunningham, 147). The authors reccomend providing as many reading opportunities as possible. Continue reading
- The Lottery (Netflix)
- *August to June (website & purchase/screening information: http://augusttojune.com/index.html)
- American Teacher (Netflix)
- The Cartel (Netflix)
- Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s AchievementCulture (Netflix)
- *Project Happiness (website & purchase/screening information: http://www.projecthappiness.org/)
- Waiting for Superman (Netflix)
- *Whatever It Takes (Netflix)
Most of these films that can be received or instantly viewed via Netflix are also available at local independent movie shops like Videorama. It’s also possible to get most of these through your local university library if you have a school library card.
Happy viewing. And check back for a summer reading list and some book reviews later in the week!