Letter: Parents need to help kids read
The third grade reading bill provides schools with extra funding for diagnostic assessments of students with reading difficulties, such as decoding and comprehension, to provide these students with specific and individualized interventions.
Unfortunately, without a change in culture, we still will not see an improvement in results. Being prepared with initial reading skills before a student even starts school should be expected and required.
There are too many students reading lower than their current grade level. Students start and end every day at home. There needs to be an attitude at home that education and reading is important.
Students without the support of caring parents at home are destined to fail. The impossibility of educating a student without the support of their parents is the real problem. Education should be a partnership between students, parents, and teachers.
Why can we not legislate the lack of parental responsibility and dedication? Students along with their parents and school need to be held accountable for academic progress and literacy development in order to obtain improved results. Accountability is the key to getting improved results since students do not want to be held back a grade.
Why are students not held back in every single grade and any subject if these interventions do not help the student meet the required standards? If they pass the subject, they should go on to the next grade. If they fail the subject, they should be required to go to summer school or repeat the grade.
Mike Lerchenfeldt, teacher
Chippewa Valley Schools