Tarna from Wappingers Falls, NY writes:
“There were no UPK or after school programs, such as we have now, when I struggled to read my ‘Jason’ book as a child. All I had, during those early 1950’s school days, was my parents unrelenting ‘literacy nudgings,’ if you will. But, there were parents who would not, for lack of interest, or could not, for lack of literacy skills, themselves, make reading an everyday activity. And, so their children suffered.
“That negative trend can be so easily and dangerously emulated by all our succeeding generations, if the power of our legislative officials does not swing in favor of programs that are known to dramatically increase the interest level of our kids.”
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