Strong lives begin with investment in early childhood development, report says

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  • Altered States N. Las Vegas, NV
    Nov. 4, 2013 11:35 p.m.

    I think is was a Republican idea to cut aid to education, W.I.C. programs, Pell Grants, raise the interest rate on student loans, cut Project Head Start, and many other cultural aspects to learning like music, art, and physical education. But, for the children of the Republican politicians who want to cut all these programs, they send them to private school in order to stay away from all the "riffraff" in our public schools.

    Nov. 4, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    How does a child reach Kindergarten without knowing the alphabet? A great many children can already read and write.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Nov. 4, 2013 9:39 a.m.

    I was disgusted watching my young daughter learn the alphabet in kindergarten. They took the entire year to teach the kids the alphabet.

    I bought a phonics program for her younger sister, then four years old. This little girl is of average intelligence (IQ about 110) and I taught her the sounds of each letter in 20 minutes. She was able sound out simple words like CAT and BET within one hour. We learned years later that she is dyslexic. The old ways work.

    Text book publishers learned back in the 1930's and 1940's that not teaching phonics is a gold mine. If you don't teach phonics kids have to memorize what every word looks like (just like Chinese and Japanese and other pictorial languages). This results in illiterate kids, then the teachers unions get to collect dues from all the teachers required to remediate the intentionally created illiteracy, and then there are all of the remedial text books the publishers get to sell as well.

    Reading is a skill to be mastered by the third grade, not a subject to be studied for twelve years.

    Just do what works.