Who Says I Can’t Read?

  • Frank G. Jennings


Many earnest and confused critics of our schools will not be satisfied with the preceding chapter. We can hear them say: “Now let’s be practical. Kids are getting into high schools and sometimes lasting through to graduation although they are almost illiterate. Children are promoted to higher classes when they grow out of the lower ones—physically, that is—and except in the most extreme cases this happens every year. In many of the classrooms where the majority of the students are unable to read the teacher doesn’t even try to teach. She becomes a glorified and very expensive baby-sitter. This is a result of our archaic child-labor laws.”


Reading Skill Poor Reader English Teacher Grade Teacher Reading Problem 
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