Here is a great little ten-minute explanation of why developing real reading proficiency requires more than just teaching reading strategies. Real reading comprehension also requires familiarity with all sorts of academic and cultural content.
If you have a child in school, be sure his or her teacher understands the very simple message in this great video.
Most importantly, don’t get fooled by some who seem to think that rich knowledge and cultural background isn’t that important for reading and writing success. The truth is, core knowledge counts.
Hat tip to the Education Trust, where folks know what is really needed for strong reading.