Johnny Can't Read

Why do many children have trouble reading? It may be that reading is not taught very well. Part of the problem is that schools focus on teaching "reading" but not "understanding." What's the different? It is rather difficult to imagine what it would mean to teach reading without teaching understanding. It doesn't even seem possible. And, if you want to succeed, it isn't.

Still, this hasn't stopped the schools from trying. Reading instruction in school tends to revolve around the mechanics of reading like syllables and prefixes. Learning how to decode individual syllables is different than learning how to understand. Understanding is the reason we read. We read because we want to learn something or be entertained. But, if we don't understand what we read, there is no point in reading.

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