As a long time math teacher, now retired, I agree that reading is the most
important skill our young people need, and the sooner they get that skill the
better they do in school-- in all subjects.
Old Man - "And PARENTS should sit down and read with their kids every
night..."Something we can agree on!!!
And PARENTS should sit down and read with their kids every night. But that
might mean turning off the TV.
I keep hearing stories from those who oppose programs like Head Start that
"studies" show even if a child doesn't learn to read by the end of
the third grade they quickly catch up by fifth or sixth grade so the early
monies are wasted. What strikes me about this is maybe cognitively that's
correct but I would be amazed if a student who doesn't learn to read at
grade level until they are ten or elevn years old has developed the desire to
read..either recreationally or academicly. So maybe they can but I bet they
don't. I haven't done any studies but I have watched for a lot of