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EDUCATION: Children don’t need catch-all law

Letter by Kent A. Olson and Barbara L. Olson, Lakewood on March 4, 2013 at 10:52 am | No Comments »
March 4, 2013 1:04 pm

Re: “Bill would require third-graders to read” (TNT, 3-1).

So what is the plan to figure out why a third-grader has not learned to read? Is it that the teacher does not have the time or resources to teach that child? Is it that the child has a learning disability such as dyslexia or needs more practice at home?

Does the child need an in-depth eye exam to see if he or she has one eye muscle that needs 12 weeks of therapy to strengthen it? That was the case with our daughter, who became a straight-A student.

Does the child have the brain function to ever be able to read or could he learn other significant things to assist him in his self-esteem and living skills?

Each child is different and needs the funding for a complete assessment, after which the best plan for instruction could be developed by those who are experts in the educational field. We do not believe the issue of a child who cannot read will be corrected by a government catch-all law.


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