Monday, January 26, 2015

32 million words.



The PONs are at the front door waiting with ill disguised impatience to get their day started. It's brighter and warmer this morning but we still make a detour to see the old horse and give him some carrots. I must ask the mayor why the old thing has been put out to grass . From the way he wanders over for a chat and a stroke he's clearly been brought up around humans.... and dogs.... and misses their company.


The angelic duo find a stick in the orchard. The noises and gyrations that accompany this discovery make it clear that this is not just any stick.



Finally, it's time to settle down. Bob follows Angus into the office ( a no noise zone ) to talk to serious men in dark suits. Sophie heads off to the kitchen where she lets the whole world know her delight in discovering there will be roast chicken for dinner.The difference in characters continues to amaze. 



The current edition of the Economist has an article about the American educational system . This sentence leaps off the page  'Children of professionals hear 32 million more words by the age of four than those of parents on welfare '.


11 comments:

  1. Duke and Petite-Chose at 2GJanuary 26, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    ...and which 32 million words would those be.....? Who counted?
    How squeaky clean the happy pair look in the third photo. Sophie particularly looks immaculate, so we must assume that there was no mud on your walk?

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    1. How wonderful it would be if Sophie was to look immaculate for more than ten minutes.

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  2. Unfortunately, many children only hear commands, such as....go to bed, get out, don't. They don't actually learn to communicate or express ideas.

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  3. Did the stick make it into the house to be savaged?
    Maybe now they've finished counted words to children they could do research on how many words are spoken to dogs?

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    1. Sticks are forbidden inside. Not that there was much left of it to bring in !

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  4. I know all too well about the ill disguised impatience...makes me smile all the time, especially when the soft shoe shuffle comes into play like a small child wanting to use the bathroom.
    I guess when the PON's find a delectable stick it's like winning the lottery.

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    1. If only humans would be as easy to please as a PON with a stick !

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  5. The srudy has been reported on NPR and in many newspapers. The implications are actually pretty devastating! Just read Paul Krugman's assessment of the situation in Greece. Wonder what you think. PONs have the stick part right; what about the carrots?

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  6. I am sure only professional word counters came to that conclusion.

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