Archive for August, 2010

Adult Education Registration

Monday, August 30th, 2010

New Haven Adult Education classes begin Tuesday, September 7, with registration starting Wednesday, September 1.

Registration is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Call 203.492.0213 or go to 580 Ella Grasso Boulevard.

Classes are offered on basic academic skills, to obtain a high-school diploma or prepare for the GED test, to learn English, and to increase information technology skills.  Classes are available both day and night, and there is no cost to New Haven residents.

The “Resources” section of this “LiteracyEveryday” website contains a list of Adult Education providers throughout the region, with links to their websites.

Health Literacy, Understanding Prescription Information

Monday, August 30th, 2010

A recent NPR report on “Drug Information Fliers: Prescription For Confusion?” indicated “Medication errors injure about 1.5 million people a year in the U.S. and cost billions of dollars, according to the National Academies of Sciences.”  As the FDA’s Rachel Behrman underscored,  “A critical element of drug safety is safe use — of using it properly. And without appropriate information, a patient may not be able to do that.”

Summer Reading, Kids Choose

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Two recent New York Times columns refer to research by University of Tennessee scholars on the value of allowing children in Florida to select their own books for summer reading.

Tara Parker-Pope:
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/02/summer-must-read-for-kids-any-book/

David Brooks:
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0DEFD81E39F93AA35754C0A9669D8B63&ref=davidbrooks

Citing also work from Jacob Vigdor and Helen Ladd at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy on the negative correlation between North Carolina middle-schoolers’ high-speed Internet access and math and reading scores, David Brooks proceeds to contrast the Internet with “the literary world.”

Brooks argues the latter “is still better at helping you become cultivated, mastering significant things of lasting import. To learn these sorts of things, you have to defer to greater minds than your own. You have to take the time to immerse yourself in a great writer’s world. You have to respect the authority of the teacher. Right now, the literary world is better at encouraging this kind of identity. The Internet culture may produce better conversationalists, but the literary culture still produces better students. It’s better at distinguishing the important from the unimportant, and making the important more prestigious. Perhaps that will change. Already, more ‘old-fashioned’ outposts are opening up across the Web. It could be that the real debate will not be books versus the Internet but how to build an Internet counterculture that will better attract people to serious learning.”

One example of the kind of “old-fashioned outposts” Brooks envisions on the Web is the New Haven Review, mentioned in posts to this blog on January 3 and May 5 of this year.

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