A Balanced Approach.
- The most important task
of primary school is to teach children to Read.
- The Reading program in every school should enable almost every learner to read fluently and grasp grade appropriate material
by the end of primary school.
1) To have read a vast number of books, magazines and other informational text.
2) To reach high levels of comprehension ability.
3) To enjoy and learn from reading.
- These goals can only be achieved if learners are able to decode and read beginning material by the mid-first grade.
be able to perfect these basic skills and tackle more difficult text by grade three.
- Most learners who fails to learn to read by this time are destined to fall further
and further (perpetually) behind in school.
- They are effectively prevented from capitalizing on the power of education to improve and enrich their lives.
- Many children do not become readers early enough to develop the skills and experience to read age-appropriate materials throughout their primary careers and are in effect, excluded from instruction.
- Access to further study, high skilled employment and the opportunity to participate fully as knowledgeable citizens depends in a large part on school success.
- Reading Failure is preventable.
- The growing demand for a Reading Revolution is growing by the minute to remedy
this unnecessary situation.