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At A Loss For Words: How America Is Failing Our Children And What We Can Do About It


reviewed by Sara McCormick Davis 2006

coverTitle: At A Loss For Words: How America Is Failing Our Children And What We Can Do About It
Author(s): Betty Bardige
Publisher: Temple University Press, Philadelphia
ISBN: 1592133932, Pages: 254, Year: 2005
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Betty Bardige’s book, “At a Loss for Words: How America Is Failing Our Children and What We Can Do About It,” is a timely examination of how vocabulary development impacts young children’s success in school.  Dr. Bardige doesn’t just identify the issue, but she also explores the multiple layers that make this a complex problem. The book is a powerful argument for better funding of quality childcare and early childhood education programs. The argument is contextualized through scenarios addressed by describing successful programs and is mapped out for action. Many books have been published in the past five years that critique and analyze the issues surrounding language development and its connection to school success.  “At a Loss for Words” carefully peels back the many layers, shows how they are interconnected, and explains how each layer can be understood for advocacy. Policy makers, program designers, teacher educators, teachers, and childcare providers... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 5, 2006, p. 866-868
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12124, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 3:57:38 PM

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