Summer Reading: “Sesame Street,” the Real Word Gap and Washington’s Good News

Summer is in full swing. When you head to the beach, lake, mountains or wherever you are lucky enough to relax, here are some interesting stories and commentary to tuck into your bag.


  • The Truth Behind the Word Gap – A thoughtful piece in The Dallas Morning News by researchers Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff explores why talking with your kids, not at them, could be a key to language development. It goes beyond the famous study by professors Betty Hart and Todd Risley that found children with college-educated parents may have heard 32 million more words than children whose parents are on public assistance. Instead, the story shows that conversation – “back-and-forth interaction” – is key.




  • Teaching History – If you are feeling ambitious, check out “The Teacher Wars” a book by Dana Goldstein. Goldstein chronicles the history of teaching in America, and today’s challenges in education. It might sound daunting, but it’s a fairly easy read.