Today is Family Literacy Day, but there have been exciting things going on in School District 46 all week. I enjoy the chance to get into classrooms as a trustee, but the fact that we need a literacy day as a society raises some interesting questions.
Far be it from me to be a little cynical, but isn’t it time to move beyond “encouraging” parents to read to their children? Are we okay with the fact that many children aren’t really introduced to books until they enter school? Don’t we owe it to children to stop walking on eggshells around these issues?
Especially since we now know, unequivocally, that children who aren’t introduced to some key concepts in the first five years of their lives will NEVER reach their full potential. Think about that for a while. Continue reading