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[Susan notes: The simplicity of Dr. Kay's advice is potent. And it works!]

Submitted to Philadelphia Inquirer but not published

To the editor

While we note "In Phila., shelter and uncertainty" (News. Sept. 9) a part solution to our storm-caused educational crisis is to provide each displaced family with one or two good story books to read aloud to the kids plus the daily newspaper -- especially the sports pages! -- as well as a pen, a pad of paper, and a pack of playing cards.

Parents could then do choral reading a.k.a. reading-in-unison --- the very-best method we have ---and then help the kids write letters of appeal to the powers-that-be, plus playing games in line with a National Science Foundation recommendation many years ago which suggested that all teaching of arithmetic at the elementary-school level be done with a pack of cards.

The end result - a meaningful role for the parents and an education for the children!

Robert E. Kay, MD

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