“Too ManyChildren Struggle with Reading” Part II

Literacy and Me

In her article on the editorial page of Tuesday, August 14th, 2018’s Houston Chronicle, Esther J. Cepeda describes the problem of home involvement in a child’s reading skills development: “The inconsistency in home support is magnified when you factor in the preparation that teachers bring to the singularly crucial task of reading instruction.” She goes on to describe the standards and certification requirements of reading teachers in several states, and her opinion seems to be that those requirements do not help teachers  or their students with reading instruction. (Her statistics and examples are worth reading.)

She ends her discussion of teacher accountability  and the requirements students are held to by standardized testing with these words: “It seems like plain common sense that all states should require elementary teachers and special-education teacher candidates to prove they can produce the highest number of successful readers.”  Here is where Cepeda and I part…

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Author: Rae Longest

This year marks my fiftieth year in AAUW (American Association of University Women). The Alvin chapter was begun in 1947, and as a new, green teacher to Alvin Independent School District, I joined in 1968. In the 80's we began a book group to share our love of reading, books,and fellowship with other women and girls who loved the same. We resurrected the group on-line in September of 2015. Eventually Powerful Women Readers folded as an on-line book club, but I kept the title and turned it into a blog. (See "Introduction,"first blog). This is my first experience at blogging or publishing anything and is becomes more fun with each blog posted. I have just completed 30 years of teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This is after three years at Alvin Community College and an almost-twenty year career as a classroom teacher with Alvin Independent School District, adding up to a total of teaching 50 years in all. Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog.

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