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Classof65

I am a believer in reading. I have been a bookworm all my life, however I believe you are absolutely correct about engaging students' attention by leading them to literature they will love and continue to pursue throughout their lives, not just reading for the sake of reading. I loved horses and my next-younger sister loved dogs. We were given library cards at age 5 and 6 and my mother was good enough to take us to the library every other week. We were only allowed to borrow three books apiece, so if I read all of mine, I would read my sister's and vice versa. We each grew our vocabularies and grasped grammar, punctuation and spelling through our reading and I believe these skills helped us throughout our lives.

On the other hand, my husband, a mechanical engineer, has dyslexia, but a passion for science fiction. So, while his spelling, grammar and punctuation skills are not that great, he manages to read at least a couple of books a week and thus has a larger-than-expected vocabulary and a great story-telling ability. These skills have helped him throughout his working life and enabled him to work his way up from a simple machinist to a full-fledged mechanical engineering position before he retired.

I do think that schools should try to continue to teach science, music and art besides a good backing in computer usage. And, no, I don't have a solution as to how schools can continue without adequate funds and teachers with comprehensive life and teaching skills. I fear for teachers today -- I do not believe that today's teachers get the respect they deserve, and I fear that children are not getting the discipline at home that they need in order to learn self-discipline and to pay better attention in school. I don't have the answers, just plenty of questions. I appreciate your blog because you approach these issues that school boards and administrators should be taking into account... You've opened my eyes about the state of education today.

Classof65

And, no, I don't have a solution as to how schools can continue without adequate funds and teachers with comprehensive life and teaching skills

correction: And, no, I don't have a solution as to how schools can continue without adequate funds or teachers without comprehensive life and teaching skills..

Sorry, I should have proofread more closely before I hit "Post."

Megan

Your blog posts give me a glimpse into the dilemmas facing educators. For that, I am appreciative.

mary

And I appreciate your comments so much!

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