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Letter: Schools should spend time and money developing reading skills

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  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    March 23, 2013 8:39 a.m.

    I keep hearing stories from those who oppose programs like Head Start that "studies" show even if a child doesn't learn to read by the end of the third grade they quickly catch up by fifth or sixth grade so the early monies are wasted. What strikes me about this is maybe cognitively that's correct but I would be amazed if a student who doesn't learn to read at grade level until they are ten or elevn years old has developed the desire to read..either recreationally or academicly. So maybe they can but I bet they don't. I haven't done any studies but I have watched for a lot of years.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 23, 2013 8:47 a.m.

    And PARENTS should sit down and read with their kids every night. But that might mean turning off the TV.

  • Christian 24-7 Murray, UT
    March 23, 2013 10:53 a.m.

    Old Man - "And PARENTS should sit down and read with their kids every night..."

    Something we can agree on!!!

  • Steve Cottrell Centerville, UT
    March 24, 2013 12:55 p.m.

    As a long time math teacher, now retired, I agree that reading is the most important skill our young people need, and the sooner they get that skill the better they do in school-- in all subjects.