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[Susan notes: This solution to reading problems is too straightforward to receive the attention it deserves.]

Submitted to Public Education Network but not published
03/26/2004

To the editor

To: The Public Education Network



Re: How to get around having to hire expensive reading tutors for one-on-one work with slow-reading kids -- or adults.



Any parent, aunt, cousin, uncle, grandmother,

grandfather, sibling, older student, teacher's

aide, baby-sitter, neighbor, senior citizen, retiree, janitor or whatchamacallit who is a half-decent-- but maybe far-from-perfect -- reader of

the English language can EASILY tutor any child

(or slow-reading adult) using the reading-in-unison (choral reading) paradigm which Rod Heckelman, given an 8th-grader two years behind in his reading, showed would jump them two grade levels for every seven hours of work put in.



And it goes even faster with most adults.



This, of course, means that the student, young

or old, is NEVER quizzed, is NEVER put on-the-spot to read out loud, and is NEVER asked to sound out a word all alone -- and is NEVER tested before sophomore year in high school, which leaves

plenty of time to play catch-up if necessary.



That is, we assume that every human being -- who is more-or-less voluntarily with us -- will, since we NEED to learn, be happily absorbing something both to feel more competent/powerful and/or to maybe get the system off their back!



And comprehension follows naturally

especially if we use the sports pages or any human-interest stories from the local newspaper or a magazine -- not to mention INTERESTING books,

hopefully chosen by the student



Robert E. Kay, MD, Adult and Child Psychiatrist


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