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[Susan notes: If we all repeat it, "libraries as the magic bullet" could catch on.]

Submitted to Desert News (Utah) but not published

To the editor

In "Reading scores hold steady on nationwide test" (March 24), Sacramento Superintendent David Gordon is quoted as saying that "there is no magic bullet" for improved academic performance.

There certainly is a magic bullet for literacy development. It's called libraries. Study after study shows that those with more access to books read more, and those who read more read better, write better, spell better, have larger vocabularies, better grammar and know more, not just about school subjects but about "practical knowledge" as well.

Studies also show that children get a significant percentage of their reading material from libraries, and that better public libraries, better school libraries, and the presence of a credentialed school librarian are related to higher reading achievement.

Let's invest some of that money destined for new standards and tests in libraries and librarians.

Stephen Krashen

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