Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: READING

July
15th

EDUCATION: Tutoring program is still alive under new name

Re: “Volunteers have a role in reading” (letter, 7-14).

I appreciate the letter calling attention to the writer’s great experience with the Werlin tutoring program. I began tutoring with Werlin about 17 years ago and also found it satisfying to see the progress struggling readers can make with such one-on-one attention.

The program has gone through many changes, actually beginning as SMART Tutoring, founded by Patty Prescott, changing to Werlin and then to Read2Me. But it still exists! It is now administered by Tacoma Community House and has been active at two elementary schools, McCarver and Roosevelt, and was

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July
8th

EDUCATION: Volunteers have a role in reading

Re: the article about the reading levels of third-graders and the remedial efforts of the state Department of Education (TNT, 7-3).

Reading this once again brought out my feelings of regret and disappointment when the state stopped funding the Werlin Reading Program. I was fortunate to be able to be one of the volunteers for this program for more than three years. This program’s goal is to help underprivileged students and others reach their reading level and was mostly staffed by volunteers of the community.

I thoroughly enjoyed the rapport I was able to have with my students I

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March
4th

EDUCATION: Success hinges on early reading

So now a state legislator wants to slap our third-grade kids upside the head when they can’t read because their parents are irresponsible (TNT, 3-1).

Thirty-five percent of our kids fail to graduate. I say that the primary reason is poor or nonexistent reading skills. Color or gender has nothing to do with it. I have watched mothers with two or three toddlers in tow check out a stack of DVDs at the public library.

David Brooks touched on this lack of parental interest in his column (TNT, 2-19) and the results. If a study were done of

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March
4th

EDUCATION: Children don’t need catch-all law

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

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March
1st

EDUCATION: Don’t put students in pigeonholes

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

I am appalled at yet another attempt by lawmakers to mess with what happens in the classroom.

I am a school librarian and a parent. My son did not read at grade level until the fifth grade. I have a houseful of books, and I read to him every day. Believe me, I despaired that he would ever learn to read fluently.

Two things happened when he was in fifth grade: The Learning Assistance Program teacher started a before-school reading club, and his fifth-grade teacher read a book that grabbed

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