Wednesday, June 11, 2003

How important is reading anyway?

Via "Best of the Web," the Petersburg, Virginia, paper reports here that the local school system is considering "a proposal to remove reading from the list of must-pass classes as a grade promotion requirement."

Maybe the Curmudgeonly Clerk is right about the Petersburg area after all.

This is the root of the mandatory testing phenomenon today - whether it is the SOLs or the mult-state bar exam, if the students can pass even that one test, then at least they learned something, which is better than nothing, or what a kid who can't read will get out of 12 years spent not reading in the public schools.

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