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It will take twice as long to undo the damage done by not doing firstly...Duh!!! Sort of what Holt and Dewey Johns said long ago. But we all know we know better than them, right?


I think John Holt's first book, "How Children Learn" was another ignored best-seller.

Always comes back to family, "don't it!"


Well? What is wrong with reading (John) Holt? "The Way It S'posed to Be!"

And working to educate parents? Thing is, whatever is done will take at least one generation to take hold...

Education and freedom...both demand the same effort and personal investment (labor).


The Winona Community Foundation has been funding a program at WK to help bring kids increase their reading abilities. My parents used to volunteer at a local grade school to help kids with their reading skills. I imagine the lawyers probably found something wrong with that. How about the old McGuffy readers?

Becky Lingen

Yes!! I've read the same investigative report. My first impulse when I read about the reading scores, was to get the link to the Superintendent. I would also suggest, "Why Johnny Can't Read" by Rudolph Flesch. Written in the 1950s, it is STILL pertinent today. One last thing... I use 100 Easy Lessons To Teach Your Child to Read. It is 15 minutes a day, can be started with an average 4 year old, and gets kids up to a 1st or 2nd grade reading level. I'm curious what a Distar reading program would do for Winona!

michelle cochran

Good thoughts...I really believe the best investment is science-based reading teaching training, ongoing professional development for teachers and making schools and teachers have the resources they need to give each kid the attention they need.

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