Education Week reports that “Millions of Adults Lack Basic Reading Skills Needed for Good Jobs.”
Employers already know this, but why is it happening? The article provides a clue as one of the individuals interviewed says:
“I don’t think I should have got a high school graduation diploma because I couldn’t read or write. They pushed me along.”
That is clearly a school problem. And, with serious questions being asked today about whether all of our teachers really know how to teach reading properly, it’s a question that needs some answers.
For some of those answers, check our earlier blog about “Ed Week: ‘College of Education Now Prepares Teachers in the Science of Reading.’” It talks about some interesting action in one state to turn the reading mess around. I wish that state was Kentucky, but it isn’t. After we see how the program in Arkansas works out, maybe Kentucky will get better reading instruction, too.