Monday, March 7, 2011

Reading in America

Once again I am a little late in bringing this post, but nevertheless...

Last week - the first week of March - was Read Across America Week. Our private Christian school celebrated in the elementary levels by, on Thursday, allowing the children to bring a pillow and blanket from home, "getting comfortable", and reading for 1 straight hour. Friday, the students could come to school dressed as their favorite book character, provided they brought the book along, also. My daughter dressed as Nancy Drew and brought one of the many mystery books in that series. My son dressed as Batman and his book was on Superheroes, of course!

All this READING is an annual  motivation and awareness program that asks for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. In May 1997, a small reading task force at NEA, National Education Association, came up with a big idea. "Let's create a day to celebrate reading," the group decided. "We hold pep rallies to get kids excited about football. We assemble to remember that Character Counts. Why don't we do something to get kids excited about reading? We'll call it 'NEA's Read Across America' and we'll celebrate it on Dr. Seuss's birthday." And so was born on March 2, 1998, the largest celebration of reading this country has ever seen.
My son's teacher dressed as The Cat in The Hat, which I did not understand until I was preparing this post for my blog and found out the background for the school event (which we were not told, as parents...) Some of the other students dressed as The Cat, also.

In a related story, "Using Cell Phones To Promote Reading" ....
 ???? What next? Here is the original article from Oklahoma Living newspaper/magazine, from our electric co-op.
Needless to say, I AM AGAINST this method of promoting reading and have "no use" for the parents who signed up their children for this program. The blame for poor reading skills MUST be put back on the parents who do not reinforce their child's learning. It doesn't matter if the family is poor and underpriviledged- there is no excuse. I have been in Government Aid programs myself at one point when some of my children were babies, like WIC, but my child's education is not going to be determined by "A VILLAGE" (reference "It takes a village to raise a child").

Restore Oklahoma Public Education website (ROPE) posted this opinion on the use of cell phones to promote reading, with which I Perfectly AGREE! I am very disappointed with the bigshots who set this up

Also from ROPE, a response to KOSU's story on The Million Cell Phones As Incentive Reading Program can be found here...

Another reason my children are not in the Public School system...

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