Too many third graders can’t read this sentence
9 Feb. 2017- Editor's Picks
Two-thirds of U.S. third graders face challenges that will impact their future, including academic struggles that could lead to dimmer academic and career prospects. Sadly, only one in three U.S. students demonstrates reading proficiency at the end of third grade. This has alarming consequences for these children, and for our country.
A report released today from the Business Roundtable (BRT) sheds light on this troubling trend in American education, and advises business leaders on how they can help put more children on a path to success.
I’ve heard it said that before third grade, students are learning to read, while after third grade, they’re reading to learn. Grade three is a critical crossroads in a life's journey. If you’ve read this far, then you understand why this is so important. Not enough of our young learners can say the same.
I encourage you to read the BRT report. As you read, please consider ways to help our schools and our teachers keep students on paths to bright futures.
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Really, all I read was blabla wa wa wa. Are you Charlie Brown’s teacher? If we can't understand our children who are crying out for help and direction, then there is something wrong with you. Please go back and check yourself! They are worth so much more.
Thanks for sharing. With two young children, I increasingly think about the importance of early childhood education. Pre-k care is far too inaccessible, ultimately magnifying inequality from the earliest stages of life.
What exactly is education? Academic education doesn't make someone a better person or even a better employee, I would guess that anything we learn in the education process is at the most 10% useful to us as people. Education should teach academia but also life skills such as budgeting, EQ skills, languages etc., all the elements to be a successful person and not necessarily a successful professional.
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Decide if the statements below are true (T) or false (F) according to the text. Then choose the option that contains the correct sequence.
( ) Most kids in American schools cannot read well enough at third grade.
( ) The BRT report does not include suggestions on how to improve education.
( ) Michel Jonas posted a positive comment about the matter.
( ) Tom Franks believes schools do not prepare us for life.