U studies: Reading boosts homeless students

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 12, 2012 - 12:11 AM

Reading and "executive" skills can help homeless or highly mobile students overcome long odds, according to U researchers.

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garon929Dec. 11, 12 9:28 PM

Children and unaccompanied youth make up nearly half of those who are homeless in Minnesota. We should do all within our power to keep kids from becoming homeless because of the diminished opportunities and hardships that could set them back for a lifetime. Falling short of that, we should certainly heed the advice of these studies and make sure our schools are equipped to help homeless kids have a stable learning environment.

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AdamSeDec. 11, 1211:19 PM

Honestly, if it isn't blatantly obvious to anybody by now that reading is a decisive factor in setting up children to succeed in life then that person isn't worth talking to. Read to your dang kids, people.

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zamdristDec. 11, 1211:21 PM

Reading improves your opportunities for success. Get out! Who would have thought! I'm so glad we have the University of MN on the job of uncovering these fascinating and surprising insights.

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garon929Dec. 12, 12 6:11 AM

Homeless kids usually aren't surrounded by books. Many of their parents are struggling to make it and do what they can to keep their kids stable and in school. But its a very difficult situation to be in. I recall the story of one homeless family where a child didn't know how to open a book. The child "read" the book upside down and backwards trying to mimic what he saw others doing. But his home life before homelessness one of extreme poverty and while homeless ... again ... not surrounded by books. Studies like this aren't meant to be AHA moments of "read to your kids." They should help us identify the real difficulties of families (and children) living in extreme poverty and homelessness. We need to find compassion and a way to help out.

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godiveDec. 12, 12 7:02 AM

How much money for this useless study could have been funneled to actually help the homeless??

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odinmanDec. 12, 12 8:30 AM

It is sad that so many kids are in this situation. Since many of these parents already rely on others to house, feed, clothe, pre-K educate and otherwise raise their child, it is not a stretch to simply remove the child and raise them in a state run orphanage where caring adults can take over and the child can grow up in a stable and structured environment. We simply cannot continue to allow these parents who have no business raising a child...much less having even more children...to be off the hook. Call me heartless, but this is about the child...not the parent. I think it is much crueler to the child to force him/her to remain with a parent who can not or will not take care of them than to remove them from the bad situation all together.

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citizenmbDec. 12, 12 3:53 PM

the power of a good book: being able to enter into another person's outlook fosters empathy; seeing how the characters solve problems, or if they don't, the reader is made aware of the results of poor choices; understanding other times and places, thus giving a broader outlook on life...the list goes on and on.

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