Basic Literacy and Parents

As long as large numbers of thirteen-year-olds are being allowed to pass to high school classes without having mastered the skills of basic literacy, parents must supplement the work of the elementary schools.

Reading Instruction Must Begin at Home

Parents of young children cannot afford to leave beginning reading instruction to the schools. US public schools do a great many things well, but effective reading instruction is not one of them.

Beware of Education Jargon

Parents need examine such terms as literacy, multiculturalism, national average, percentile, proficiency and letter grades. They may mean something else entirely to the people running the schools.

Brains Need Exercise Too

Fitness trainers encourage their students to challenge themselves, but reading specialists discourage young readers from venturing outside their comfort zone. Does that make sense?