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Letter: Supporting literacy in local schools

Our school district, Lake Tahoe Unified School District, is on a roll downhill because it will (has) turn our elementary schools into schools that will specialize in areas such as performing arts.

That is a mistake because it will kill the neighborhood schools and it will harm the one thing that grade schools should strive to achieve for all children, literacy. If a child leaves the third grade without reading skills, he or she will struggle for years in school and later in life.

Reading is essential to learning in and out of school. Computers are useless without reading skills. The same is so in math and science. Culture, learned behavior, is impossible without language — and in our culture the ability to read is essential.

We have experienced in our family with one of our children the following: When in the second grade our third child was not learning to read, his teacher believed he had a developmental problem with hearing. She suggested that he repeat the second grade. We agreed with her. He repeated the second grade. He outgrew the problem. Later on, he graduated from college with honors and now he is an architect. He is thankful that he repeated the second grade as we are. We were lucky to have had an alert, able teacher who correctly detected the problem. Thank goodness.

Bill and Jonnie Crawford

South Lake Tahoe, California


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