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[Susan notes: The message of this letter should be sent by hundreds of thousands of teachers to every newspaper in the land.]

Submitted to Tamp Tribune but not published

To the editor

The real "reading problem" in Pasco County is that administrators

have not read the reading research ("Pasco educators trying to improve

reading scores," Sept. 21). Research and common sense tell us that the

only way we become expert readers is by doing a voluminous amount of

self-selected reading. Studies show that those who read more read

better, write better, spell better, and have larger vocabularies than

those who read less.

The obvious steps to take are for teachers to stimulate interest in a

number of topics, and to make sure the books are accessible to

students. This means making sure schools have quality school

libraries. Studies show that students in schools with better libraries

and qualified librarians do better on reading tests.

Instead, Pasco has decided to try yet another commercial program,

filled with instruction on skills and strategies that experienced

readers acquire anyway as they read.

Stephen Krashen

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