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.
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.
Pre-schoolers need words as much as they need food and vitamins.
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.
Fitness trainers encourage their students to challenge themselves, but reading specialists discourage young readers from venturing outside their comfort zone. Does that make sense?
A “college dropout” like Bill Gates does not achieve success because he dropped out.