"Why Can't Our Students Read?"
My daughter is reading a book to kindergarteners as they wait for their school bus. In this picture, I think we will find what is required to learn how to read. And it is really simple: Something to read. In "Ending the Reading Wars: Reading Acquisition From Novice to Expert", thoughts of psychologist Daniel Willingham with regard to how we could motivate children to read were emphasized:
Willingham recommends making sure that reading material is highly visible—in every classroom, in multiple rooms in the house, in the car, and so on—to maximize the chance that children will pick something up and read it.The importance of reading experience cannot be overstated. How reading experience correlates with academic performance is well known. Engagement in reading can even trump the effects of poverty:
Above copied from
READING FOR CHANGE: PERFORMANCE AND ENGAGEMENT ACROSS COUNTRIES: RESULTS FROM PISA 2000
Worcester Public Library also reminds us on Facebook of the importance of providing reading opportunities to our children:
Here, reading is equated to quality time between parents and their children.
It is sad that in the Philippines, the knee-jerk response to the dismal state of basic education is questioning the competence of teachers when the obvious reason is clear: Most children and their families have nothing to read.