Can We Teach Reading In Our Schools


The Sunday paper properly devoted several pages to the problems of poor readers, but infers that poor reading skills are simply a teaching/ academic problem. In reality much research shows that we learn to read by reading. Just as we learn to shoot a basketball by shooting a basketball. The only consistent research about reading skills relating to cause and effect shows that the children of parents who read, go to the library and have books in the house, tend to be good readers.
Schools can help teach reading but in reality, like many of the behaviors bedeviling education today, the field of play for reading may be set before the child enters school. This is not a genetic, ethnic, poverty, or racial thing this is learning by example thing. Kids typically do what they see! When kids are young if their parents read to them instead of putting on a video or watching TV and the child often sees the parents reading, research shows that they themselves will most likely also become good readers, barring some psychological or physiological barrier.
Schools can teach the mechanics of reading but parents and family must teach the love of reading if our children are to truly become better readers.

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About safrisri

I was a school teacher until retirement. I have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. Now I'm the guy sitting on the porch with an opinion on everything.
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3 Responses to Can We Teach Reading In Our Schools

  1. Cliff Hanson says:

    My personal experience supports your post 100%. Graduating from ISU required and forced extensive technical reading as does my profession. In the 70’s I took evelyn Wood which improved my technique and comprehension. My wife, the PHD, reads all the time (technical and pleasure) while I rarely read for pleasure and relaxation. Why, I never learned to love reading!

  2. Anonymous says:

    My experience would support your post 100%…graduating from ISU forced reading and my profession requires technical reading. In the 70’s I took Evelyn Wood and it improved technique and comprehension. My wife, the PHD, reads all the time (technical and pleasure) and I rarely make time for a relaxing read…why, I never learned to love reading!

  3. Interesting post. I think schools can help them w/ their reading techniques and comprehension levels.

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