Monday, March 08, 2004
Failure to read well by 3rd grade makes it tough for kids to catch up - The Honolulu Advertiser - Hawaii's Newspaper: "After third grade, students stop learning to read and start reading to learn. If they have not mastered reading before entering fourth grade, they begin falling behind in all other subjects.
Schools superintendent Pat Hamamoto has set a goal of having all public-school kids reading by the end of third grade, but there are many ways parents can make the path to literacy smoother."
This story is extremely important and echoes what I've said before. We need to focus resources on building those reading skills at an early age. More college scholarships and such are worthless if our kids don't show up for High School prepared. A major part of our problem, in my opinion, is that our foundational skills, such as reading, are not being built properly in the early grades.
We need more early childhood education, parents need to emphasize and practice reading with their children at home, and school districts need to add resources to improve reading BEFORE the child falls behind. If they leave the third grade unable to read to the level they should have, then they're already on a path to problems later in school and later in life.
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