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[Susan notes: This is a good answer to a corporate-oriented article implying that if third graders only read better, job crisis would be solved. And the paper makes sure their message stands firm by allowing only 100-word replies.]

Submitted to Cincinnatti Enquirer but not published
10/29/2012

To the editor

Re: Some of the best will help kids learn to read

Ultimate goal: Educate, retain young workers




Business leaders want children to read proficiently by third grade.



There is nothing magic about third grade: Poor reading at any grade predicts poor reading later on. But research shows that students of all ages can make remarkable progress if they develop a reading habit.



Children of poverty have the lowest reading scores. They also have little access to books at home and in their communities. Their only source of books is often the library. Studies show that better libraries, staffed with qualified librarians, are associated with higher reading scores.



Library funding is being cut everywhere. It should be increased.

Stephen Krashen


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