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The scourge of education malpractice

On national reading tests, almost two-thirds of American students score below the proficient level. More tragically, almost half of African American and Hispanic fourth graders still score below NAEP’s basic level in reading. OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is expected to file for bankruptcy, but Heinemann, the purveyor of the misbegotten reading products dominating the education market today, continues to rake in north of $500 million annually.

Nearly six in 10 students in Wisconsin are not where they should be in writing or math.

Please read this heartbreaking article, WI has to think carefully how to move if we want to have college and career ready or students ready for entry level positions ,careers in the armed forces you have to have basic literacy skills- period.

What is dyslexia? And how do our brains read?

Have you heard the word dyslexia before? It’s a term used to describe when people have a hard time learning to read. It’s actually very common because reading is a fairly new skill that humans have developed.
In this episode we do a deep dive on dyslexia. We’ll look at how our brains have cobbled together the ability to read by re-purposing parts of the brain that evolved for other functions. And we’ll learn what scientists think might be going on in the brains of people with dyslexia when they learn to read. We also talk to Ann Bancroft, a Polar explorer and educator who also has dyslexia, about why getting lost can be fun.
Plus we’ll hear a new Mystery Sound and find out if mice actually do love cheese in our Moment of Um.