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January 31st, 2005
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Fred Reed on Literacy
I can't help but sympathize with much of this (Fred Reed reminiscing).

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Date:January 31st, 2005 08:08 am (UTC)
I remember chemistry sets. I always wish I'd done more with mine.

And yeah, I always thought I invented the reading-under-the-covers thing, too.
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Date:February 1st, 2005 04:19 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, but I disagree. You can blame parents for lack of time and resources, and you can blame the teachers for their lack of resources, it's all true, but the problem is in the structure and intent of the school system. Kids that are taught not to want to read and learn before they even get a chance to see if they like it, will grow up without ever learning to read.

The point Fred makes is that kids are naturally born readers. All children. One has to work really hard to dissuade children from reading. Schools are designed to do that. Some parents, like Fred, take the time and patience to rectify the situation with their own kids, and some parents do not, and let their kids rot in front of the TV, but the accomplishment of the school system is that children no longer want to read.

The question is not who neglected to teach the kids, but who put in the effort to convince them not to learn themselves.
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Date:February 1st, 2005 07:06 am (UTC)
There's no such thing as a natural reader. The poit was that what a two-three year old can do in a month, anybody can do in 12 years, and moreover that all kids are born with the curiosity and the will to learn.

Re: ANY positive attention, I think any attention and energy (money) put into that system is a bad thing. Schools must be either abolished or completely reformed (and I don't mean 'reform' like what Mrs. Livnat is doing - more hours of tana"x won't change anything). Schools are intentionally meant to prevent people from learning.
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Date:January 31st, 2005 09:58 am (UTC)

I'm sorry, have I missed something?

'Erev Bialik was almost 4 days ago, not a word has been written of it since (much less a fine, detailed account) and what we get (and with all DO respect) is Fred Reed?
Are we doomed to not know how it went, just because bitter fate prevented us from making it?
Ah, but the anguish of it all.
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Date:January 31st, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC)

re: I can't help but sympathize with much of this

I too.
And oh,that adorable "Bubble-Dew"!
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Date:February 1st, 2005 10:57 am (UTC)

Re: I can't help but sympathize with much of this

A userpic :).
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Date:February 1st, 2005 06:57 am (UTC)
BTW, I think Chonsky claimed that if a child haven't learned how to read by the age of 12, he never will.
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