>Flunk reading, do not go directly to jail.

>Apparently some politicos are fond of spouting a factoid (please note correct usage, book reviewers everywhere) that links third-grade reading scores to the formulas states use to estimate their future requirements for prison beds. Not so. No word yet whether or not Baby Einstein foretells a playdate with Old Sparky.

>Yes, and you’re not helping

>Woman to man this evening, overheard as I’m jogging by: “Your English skills are deplorable.”

>Chickens and Eggs

>Galleycat’s post re the First Book project reminds me of the argument advanced by Freakonomics that while the presence of lots of books in the home correlates with children being proficient readers, such literary wealth does not cause that proficiency, it simply means that reading parents tend to have reading children. That bio-determinated thought also […]

>What’s the difference between confidence and fluency?

>Commenter Zolah passed along this story about a proposed scheme in the U.K. to label children’s books by “reading age.” Let’s hope the Brits don’t try to bring this one into Boston Harbor. The organizers claim that children will not be put off by having their books belly-branded with “early, “developing,” “confident,” or “fluent,” but […]