speaking of being ill-litter-at, here's how you raise your child to be one:
A public library in Virginia is sponsoring a program for children to read books. . . to dogs. The Alexandria, Virginia, library “Paws to Read” program has children in grades 1-6 reading books to dogs. The flier promoting the program, paid for through Alexandria City tax dollars, is here:
In the program, parents are not allowed in the room when the children are reading to the dogs. The dogs, advocates boast, won’t judge or correct the children. The judgment-free and correction-free dog reading zone, naturally, has roots in academia. The University of California at Davis produced a study called “Reading to Rover” that catalogs the benefits of children reading to dogs, instead of with parents.
One child in the UCAL Davis study described why she prefers reading to dogs instead of with her parents: “The dogs don’t care if you read really, really bad so you just keep going.”
With no parents or adults in the room, it is unclear how the dog is able to report on what areas the child must improve.
Reading to dogs, instead of adults, creates a judgment-free zone that advocates relish. “The dogs, in contrast to a human, don’t judge the individual, aren’t grading the individual, and hopefully that allows the children to build some confidence in their reading skills,” said Martin Smith, a U of California Davis veterinary school science educator and lead researcher on the study.
Proponents of children reading to dogs without parents around argue that reading to dogs is easier for the child, because they aren’t being corrected by the dog. This benefit, the proponents argue, helps the child learn to read.
One Alexandria parent I spoke with about the Paws to Read program had a different view: “this is insane.”
Next thing you know, Virginia public schools will start replacing chairs in classrooms with bouncy ***** (page 27 at big link), or, invite aging hippies into classrooms to teach songs praising the occupy movement and Barack Obama.
Alexandria, Virginia, has one of the highest per capita government spending rates in the nation at $3,798 per city resident. In contrast, Los Angeles spends $1,811 per resident. Hampton, Virginia, and Hollywood, Florida, two cities with almost identical populations to Alexandria spend $1,659 and $2,504 per capita, respectively.
I wonder if they hand out ribbons of achievement at the end.
Last edited by olderguy; 03-21-2012 at 12:39 PM.
(supercharged 42 cylinder engine with 21 distributors)
Leave it to the Germans to build the most complex engine imaginable, and then use it to power a tractor. I assume that the radial with eleventy-hundred gears at the front of the crank is also a Teutonic innovation.
The world's fastest Lotus is a Hennessy Venom GT, right?
Originally Posted by Shearhead_3:16
Depends on how you define "fastest", and whether or not you conceder a Hennessy Venom GT a Lotus.
I'd say acceleration is a tossup, top speed goes to the Venom GT, and obviously throw in some corners and the compound charged Lotus would be quicker. Personally while I like both of them I prefer the compound charged Lotus.
Originally Posted by mgeoffriau
Also, if you build your own compound-charged Lotus, you can avoid dealing with a guy that might steal your Viper hood!
Originally Posted by viperormiata
I like listening to the owner and builder talk.
Originally Posted by icantthink4155
Thats more interesting then watching him drive it.