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An active partnership between families and schools plays an essential role in encouraging children to read, according to the educators, librarians, and parents who gathered last week for a national symposium entitled "Reading and Successful Living: The Family-School Partnership."

The symposium, sponsored by the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress and several education groups, brought the group together to discuss why and how the partnership between home and school should be strengthened.

The home environment has a strong effect upon reading achievement, according to Verne A. Duncan, Oregon's state superintendent of public instruction in Oregon. Now, he said, "attention must turn to harnessing the immense influence of the home to a positive educational end."

A report on the symposium will be distributed by the Center for the Book and by and the other sponsoring organizations: the American Association of School Administrators, the American Association of School Librarians, the International Reading Association, and the National Parent-Teacher Association.


Diamonds are a girl's best friend, went the cliche, but can she assess and invest their worth?

Although the financial education of women and girls has improved, says a panel of educators, such education should start almost from birth and continue throughout life.

Schools that provide female students with a vital mathematics curriculum, the opportunity to use computers, exposure to role models, and useful counseling are helping to redress women's deficiencies in finance, the panelists add.

The panel, which included school heads, college leaders, and a foundation director, was part of a program for the financial education of women sponsored by The Chase Manhattan Bank.

In addition to providing theoretical and technical knowledge, educators must help women overcome social conditioning and learn to accept responsibility for their own financial futures, says Barbara Kaplan, associate dean of Sarah Lawrence College.

Boys grow up citing batting averages and understanding the statistics behind them, according to Charlotte Frank, executive director of curriculum and instruction for the New York City board of education. Schools must take steps to overcome the "math anxiety" so common among young girls, she suggests.

Money was treated mysteriously when she was a child, recalled Sarah Lawrence's Ms. Kaplan. "There never seemed to be enough money when I wanted riding lessons," she recounted, "but there was always enough for the hope chest for my marriage some 15 years hence."

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