Much to the surprise of her teacher, our daughter was able to read before she entered kindergarten. Although I'd mentioned this little factoid to the teacher, she nonetheless took me aside when I returned to retrieve our snowflake in order to inform me that our daughter could read everybody's name-tags. This sort of thing is apparently not the norm, and the big thing today is now: Pre-school! So now your kid's supposed to go to preschool, then to kindergarten, then to elementary school, then to middle school, then to high school, and then maybe on to college. It's no wonder that kids never actually learn much; they never have the time.
In an effort to get kids some stronger literacy skills - perhaps so that one day they too could learn to read as well as our daughter could when she entered kindergarten - the benevolent federal government has given a "researcher" down in Eugene a $1.5 million grant so that she can spend three years studying how best to teach preschoolers their ABCs.
A Eugene-based early literacy expert has been awarded a $1.5 million federal grant to study how best to teach the alphabet to preschoolers.
Apparently, somewhere between the 1950s and the present day, teachers lost the ability to, well, teach. So today it takes three years of study and a million and a half dollars to figure out how to teach kids the alphabet.
They're claiming that it's mostly kids from low-income families that are illiterate, but income really has nothing to do with it; like our daughter, I was reading at an early age - and if you want to talk about low income, my parents picked out my bed from the town dump.