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Published in U-T San Diego

To the editor

Regarding the Comic-Con panel that suggested that graphic novels should be used in the public schools ( Comics and the classroom,July 22), as a former public schoolteacher, I agree.

Several years ago I went to a seminar presented by former USC professor Dr. Stephen Krashen. He̢۪s a big name in the English-as-a-second-language field regarding his language acquisition theories. He told us that the greatest factor that contributes to a student̢۪s success on a statewide test is the school library, number of books in the kid̢۪s home and access to the public library.

He also suggested that comic books, which would include graphic novels, should be placed in libraries. Their vocabulary is quite high, and they will attract the student̢۪s interest and encourage reading. Then they can be introduced to various novels.

Mark A. Peter

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