The History of Writing and Reading – Part 11: Meroïtic Script, another Undecipherable Language

[Editor’s note: This is the twelfth of an ongoing series that examines the rise of writing – and therefore reading – around the world. We will be looking at the major developments and forces that shaped the written languages we use today. Links to all the previous posts are listed at the end of this … Continue reading “The History of Writing and Reading – Part 11: Meroïtic Script, another Undecipherable Language”


The History of Writing and Reading – Part 10: Etruscan, an Undecipherable Language

[Editor’s note: This is the eleventh of an ongoing series that examines the rise of writing – and therefore reading – around the world. We will be looking at the major developments and forces that shaped the written languages we use today. Links to all the previous posts are listed at the end of this … Continue reading “The History of Writing and Reading – Part 10: Etruscan, an Undecipherable Language”


The History of Writing and Reading – Part 9: Aztec Writing

[Editor’s note: This is the tenth of an ongoing series that examines the rise of writing – and therefore reading – around the world. We will be looking at the major developments and forces that shaped the written languages we use today. Links to all the previous posts are listed at the end of this … Continue reading “The History of Writing and Reading – Part 9: Aztec Writing”


The History of Writing and Reading – Part 8: Mayan Writing

[Editor’s note: This is the ninth of an ongoing series that examines the rise of writing – and therefore reading – around the world. We will be looking at the major developments and forces that shaped the written languages we use today. Links to all the previous posts are listed at the end of this … Continue reading “The History of Writing and Reading – Part 8: Mayan Writing”


The History of Writing and Reading – Part 7: The Olmec Writing System in Mesoamerica

[Editor’s note: This is the eighth of an ongoing series that examines the rise of writing – and therefore reading – around the world. We will be looking at the major developments and forces that shaped the written languages we use today. Links to all the previous posts are listed at the end of this … Continue reading “The History of Writing and Reading – Part 7: The Olmec Writing System in Mesoamerica”


The History of Writing and Reading – Part 6: Japanese Writing

[Editor’s note: This is the seventh of an ongoing series that examines the rise of writing – and therefore reading – around the world. We will be looking at the major developments and forces that shaped the written languages we use today. Links to all the previous posts are listed at the end of this … Continue reading “The History of Writing and Reading – Part 6: Japanese Writing”


The History of Writing and Reading – Part 3A: The Rise of Indo-European Languages (Part 1 of 2)

[Editor’s note: This is the third of an ongoing series that examines the rise of writing – and therefore reading – around the world. We will be looking at the major developments and forces that shaped the written languages we use today. Links to the previous posts are listed at the end of this one.] … Continue reading “The History of Writing and Reading – Part 3A: The Rise of Indo-European Languages (Part 1 of 2)”


The History of Writing and Reading – Part 1: The Origins of Writing

[Editor’s note: This is the first of an ongoing series that examines the rise of writing – and therefore reading – around the world. We will be looking at the major developments and forces that shaped the written languages we use today.] Today, we take reading and writing for granted – we look at the … Continue reading “The History of Writing and Reading – Part 1: The Origins of Writing”


Parrots Can Speak, but Can They Read?

Jennifer Cuhna is a lawyer with a bachelor’s degree in psychology; she also served as a research assistant at the University of Florida in a behavioral neuroscience laboratory and spent many years teaching inner-city kids how to read. Those experiences gave her both the inquisitiveness and the expertise to work on a rather unconventional study … Continue reading “Parrots Can Speak, but Can They Read?”


Critical Thinking and the Future of Reading

Over the years on this blog, we have addressed the critical need for critical thinking at all ages and levels of education, as well as the fact that while humans are hard-wired for speech, we are not hard-wired for reading and writing, which must be taught and learned. This past Saturday, the U.S. edition of … Continue reading “Critical Thinking and the Future of Reading”