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More research

Some really striking points here: first, that while “math is an important index to general competence,” “on average words are twice as important.”

Second, that children (and adults) learn new words “by guessing new meanings within the overall gist of what they are hearing or reading”—

And third, that “vocabulary inequality” is a real problem that we should be talking about—and taking steps to address.

E D Hirsch in WSJ article (quote from tweet in my Twitter feed this morning)


minutes reading vocab

If you take the quote from E.D. Hirsch (and I am NOT a fan of his cultural literacy stuff, but this piece of research seems pertinent to the postings about the UNprogram) and the infographic (which is based on some older research but has been replicated more than once, then the case for time to read daily is made, right? We need to provide time at school (because we cannot control time for our kids outside of the school day) for reading.

Merry Christmas from me to you.
Tags: facts, reading, research, time to read, vocabulary
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