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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    Society giving young children books before starting school seems like a good idea. Because the cost for a few books is almost nothing compared to the total cost society pays for a childs edacuation. Also parents don't read bedtime stories only because lack of money but also lack of reading tradition in famillies. That if your parents didn't read for you, you may not see the need to buy books and read for your child. But if you get a book for free to read to you and your child you may try reading for your child and found out it's fun for both you and your child. Also bedtime reading seems to have great benefits to both children and society so it probably takes a small amount parents starting reading to their children for society to get back the money.
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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    Attention grabbing nonsense. It's sounds like something a conservative would come up with to parody his skewed perception of liberal thinking.
    I agree with you often, but you're off on this one. I thought it was an extreme hyper-liberal being serious until I read the story and realized he was only doing it for effect.
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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    I agree with you often, but you're off on this one. I thought it was an extreme hyper-liberal being serious until I read the story and realized he was only doing it for effect.
    Man I was starting to think I was the only one who actually read the thing.
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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Man I was starting to think I was the only one who actually read the thing.
    I could tell a couple people had, but I was starting to think the same thing.
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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    I agree with you often, but you're off on this one. I thought it was an extreme hyper-liberal being serious until I read the story and realized he was only doing it for effect.
    I did read the article. It was the ridiculous summary (the headline) I was responding to. Swift seemed to be referring to the benefits of reading to one's child only to have that message turned around and somehow repackaged into the click bait nature of the resulting headline.

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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    You seem to think if you just give families a bunch of free books, then all of the parents will magically be able to and want to read them to their children. This is a very naive way of thinking. So, no, it doesn't solve both problems. Some parents truly just don't care.
    Nowhere did I say anything about all parents. My mother read to me as a child so I can appreciate nuance as an adult. Not everyone was so fortunate.

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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    A lot of Americans have serious problems in many areas demonstrated by their lack of parenting skills, lack of concern for their child's education and lack of self-control. Money is one of the LAST reasons why a child comes to school significantly less educated than his peers.
    Who do you think didn't educate their parents or their parents' parents?

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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    Quote Originally Posted by logansrun View Post
    Nowhere did I say anything about all parents. My mother read to me as a child so I can appreciate nuance as an adult. Not everyone was so fortunate.
    Not everyone was so fortunate because some parents just don't care. You agree with that, right?


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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    Quote Originally Posted by logansrun View Post
    Who do you think didn't educate their parents or their parents' parents?
    It's a vicious cycle, of course. Bad parents many times have kids who grow up to be bad parents and so on.


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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    So how does this fit with what this guy said? It sound like all the kids in your class are receiving the same benefits from getting read to.
    I wasn't trying to make it fit in with what the article. We were just discussing read alouds and I like talking about them.

    The second part of your comment --- yes, my students benefit from me reading aloud to them. However, when they come to me their brains have already been developing for 6 years. Those beginning years (even in the womb) are incredibly powerful moments to shape a child's mind. Study after study shows that kids whose parents talk to them often, read to them often and, overall, create a home environment that's print and vocabulary-rich, come into kindergarten with higher level thinking skills and overall knowledge than kids whose parents don't do those things or don't do them often. (Did that sentence make sense? Might have been a run-on. I'm tired.)


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