[Susan notes: Horrendous situation. Great great letter!! It's not yet published but they'd have to be crazy not to publish it. Or corrupt. Firing the librarian and then instituting vocabulary study is like stealing all your money and then giving you a bus token to get home with.]
To the editor
One of the strategies Carver Elementary is using to increase its unsatisfactory test scores ( A school on the edge, Dec. 28) is "vocabulary study." Research consistently shows that by far the best way to boost vocabulary is through wide, self-selected reading. Picking up words by reading is faster than word study and gives children more complete knowledge of words. Wide reading, in fact, has a positive influence on nearly every subject taught in school.
Tori Jensen & Stephen Krashen
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