I recently read something about a school district in Alabama that has developed a program to help high school students who struggle with reading comprehension skills. Surely, I thought, by the time students get to high school they understand what they are reading. But that isn’t the case. According to the National Assessment of Education Progress
In its most recent report, Time to Act: An agenda for advancing adolescent literacy for college and career success, the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Council on Advancing Adolescent Literacy finds that “the [reading] status quo in middle and high schools in America is based on a 20th-century vision of the literacy and skills needed to succeed
When my kids were little, I didn’t know a lot about how they learned to read. Their teachers sent home notes saying it was important to read to them and for them to read out loud. Trying to be the perfect parent that I wanted to be, I read to them and they read to me.
I was browsing through a recent Parents magazine when this title caught my eye: “”134 tips for a happy, safe, stress-free school year.” In the midst of all the advice for handling the first-day drop-off and packing the best lunch was this one: kids learn best from mixing instruction in with everyday activities — not from