Even before the pandemic, US public schools were in crisis. Large percentages of children were passing through eight to twelve years of school without achieving adult literacy.
The goal of the American English Doctor is to offer teaching and learning aids to help parents provide the foundation of adult literacy to their children, regardless of the availability of educational opportunities outside the home.
Reading fluency is the key to all academic learning. The child who masters the basics by the age of eight will have the power to learn, no matter the obstacles.
The four essentials of adult literacy are reading, writing, spelling, and grammar. Systematically taught, they can be mastered by most children by the age of thirteen. Unfortunately, in many classrooms, these essentials are taught haphazardly and without sufficient practice. The key is to present the concepts as simply as possible and to practice them until they have become habit.
In addition to reading and writing practice, the American English Doctor also offers mini-lessons in general knowledge, commentary on public education, popular culture, parental responsibility, and reflections on US attitudes about the life of the mind.
Too often, English grammar is badly taught or not taught at all. The most important rules are few and easily learned with sufficient practice. The articles in this category present easy-to-understand explanations.