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Higher Vocabulary ~ Higher Intelligence ~ Higher Income = Reading Matters
It must be added that the differences in vocabulary here are not differences learned in oral conversation. After grade 4 vocabulary growth is largely driven through literacy not speech.  Because most of the difference in adult vocabulary is a result of reading, using vocabulary as a proxy for intelligence is an indirect way of pointing to the role of reading in intelligence.

Higher Vocabulary ~ Higher Intelligence ~ Higher Income = Reading Matters

Higher Vocabulary ~ Higher Intelligence ~ Higher Income = Reading Matters It must be added that the differences in vocabulary here are not differences learned in oral conversation. After grade 4 vocabulary growth is largely driven through literacy not speech.  Because most of the difference in adult vocabulary is a result of reading, using vocabulary as […]

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Re: Wiring the brain, through experience

In response to a Harvard University release summarized by Brain Mysteries: Re: Wiring the brain, through experience Whether our brain’s ‘wiring’ starts minimal and extends through learning or starts maximal and is pruned by learning is less important to our common understanding than ‘getting’ that (to a profoundly significantly degree) our brain’s wiring is learned.   

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“Our problems are man-made” but “we” didn’t create them and “we” can’t solve them…

This is in response to David Roberts’ article: “Getting used to being in charge of the planet”   David Roberts (DR):  “the decisions made by people alive today will determine the fate of life on Earth for centuries to come” Yes. And, it’s always been true that what each generation profoundly affects the generations that follow.  The […]

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Re:Don’t punish the kids because they can’t read

The following is in response to Pat Smith’s piece in the Columbus Dispatch, which I highly recommend. http://goo.gl/UA26f With gratitude and respect, a couple of points: 1) A lot more than 1/3 of our kids are in danger. Every child that is reading below the proficiency level assumed by the written materials in his or her […]

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Re: Can an Algorithm Write a Better News Story Than a Human Reporter?

A company has developed software that can compete with human authors in writing news stories. Education Week (4-12-12) put out a similar story about a computer competing with college professors at scoring essays. Extreme Tech carried a story (Will an IBM computer be your next mayor?) about the use of IBM’s Watson to manage the […]

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