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While Chicago still has 160 public schools without school libraries... Delightful Video features Stephen Krashen interview

Susan Notes:

Don't miss this informative and entertaining interview with Stephen Krashen.

Recently, a California State University (Dominguez Hills) television program featured Stephen Krashen, who has commented regularly at numerous sites, including www.substancenews.net. The show, People making a difference, lasted nearly a half hour, and includes many points that Substance readers will find useful (as well as humorous and interesting). "Our program is very simple: food, health care, and books..."

"How do we pay for this? Cut back on testing. The federal government is now unleashing the most brutal testing program ever seen on the planet... In the 'Blueprint' Arne Duncan and his gang are proposing testing in other subjects..." says Krashen.

Krashen has a great deal of information on the latest being proposed by Arne Duncan. "That means we test everything all the time..." Krashen says.

Four factors that Stephen Krashen cites from a recent study (based on international data) that influence reading are:

Poverty

By October 5, 2010, more than 500 books and other children's literature materials had been donated to the budding library inside "La Casita," while CPS officials claimed that the city had not money to provide libraries to the children in the 160 Chicago public elementary schools that didn't have them. Despite eight years of corporate "school reform" under now U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (who was "Chief Executive Officer" of CPS from July 2001 until he was appointed by Barack Obama to the cabinet post in January 2009), Chicago had failed to provide even basic library services for hundreds of thousands of the poorest children in the public schools of the city's vast African American ghettos and Latino barrios. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt. Percentage of children allowed to do free reading in schools

Libraries (the presence of a school library larger than 500 books)

Research conducted or collated by Stephen Krasen (and available on his website at http://www.sdkrashen.com) has regularly refuted the claims by corporate school reformers and the U.S. Department of Education regarding what will provide the resources necessary for poor children in the USA to improve their reading.

— Susan Ohanian
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