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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 12, 1967, Darmstadt, HessePage 16 the stars and stripes tuesday december 12, 1967 big problem for teachers students who can t read Bobbi Mitchell 5, visits the Library. By Mary Ann Reese staff writer failure of school children to Learnt read is one of the largest prob lems facing today s educators. Most High school failures Are a re sult of students being unable to read and consequently to write. Surveys taken the past two years i classrooms throughout the . Depend ent educational system european area us Desea sh9w that even in the largest Best equipped schools As Manyas 20 to 25 per cent of the students reach High school Reading below their Grade level. In some us Desea and stateside schools the number of poor High school readers is As High As 50 per show 11 per cent of America s adult population can t read above the fourth Grade level. It s not uncommon to find a ninth Grade student Reading at third Grade level said John Robertson a Reading specialist at Wiesbaden High school. The tragedy is that if we Don teach youngsters to read in the grades most of their High school education i lost to them said miss Joan Gibbons Wiesbaden a member of us Desea instructional services program during a two Day conference last week in wies Baden for Reading specialists throughout the we have stopped teach ing Reading in the sixth Grade said miss Gibbons. This goes Back to the Early Boston Days when Only children of the elite or the most intelligent went on to High school. They knew How thread. Now everybody from the unemployed and Blue Collar families on up goes to High lot of the students reach seventh and eighth grades without being a Leto read because we have a system of automatic social promotions. If a Stu Dent is cooperative and tries hard he is promoted even if he can t pass Reading test or if he can t do his math these changes in America s educational system it has Only Bee the past few years that educators have started serious learn to read program sin High school Levels. Two years ago when Federal fund became available for Reading improve ment specialists Ris launched a program to improve Reading skills. Larger schools in the system have hired specialists to help teachers Weed out poor readers to Hel them work More effectively with prob Lem readers and even to teach groups of poor readers themselves. Schools without these specialists Are relying on English and social studies teachers to help problem readers with varying degrees of Success. This creates special problems explains miss Gibbons who travels among the schools working with teachers. Many of these High school teacher shave no background in teaching read ing skills. There is a Lack of material for them and they have scheduling problems. Students must take a certain number of required courses to graduate and it s difficult to fit extra Reading into their schedules. Also some High school teachers re sent extra time needed to devote to teaching Reading. A social science teacher might have to get through the a new find absorbs her. Civil War by 4 o clock. Naturally she hates to spend precious time on read problems Start As Early As the first in us Desea schools show As Many As 15 per cent of school age youngsters Are not ready for Reading instruction As a result of immaturity said miss Marian Radder curriculum associate language arts from Madrid Spain. One reason is that military dependents Are eligible for first Grade enrol ment earlier than in stateside children arrive in Europe from the states in october or november and Are permitted to enrol in school she loves books an attitude that goes along with being a Good Reader. Without previous first Grade can be frustrating for both the student and the teacher said miss Rad Der. Another reason is that the military has no organized kindergarten program to prepare youngsters for the first Grade. Us Desea needs a special program to accommodate these very immature children who still do not know How to communicate Well with others who have poorly developed motor coordination and who Are unable and unwilling to give attention to any activity for the required number of minutes believes miss also encourages parents to play an important role in preparing children to read. Her suggestions include parents should talk with their Chil Dren using Good vocabulary and com plete sentences. They should encourage their children to express themselves in the same Way. Don t talk Down to them or encourage baby talk because it s that creates serious problem that must be broken Down by teachers. Parents should read aloud to their youngsters. The bedtime Story habit is a Good one. Children love to hear the Way words fall together. Educators can Tell Homes where Good books Are from these Homes have a Good attitude towards books and have seen that their parents read and enjoy books so they do too. Take children on Field trips an acquaint them with different sounds like the sounds of animals at zoos or of things they see every Day. Distinguish ing different sounds is important unlearning to read. Acquaint children Early with the Library. Let them get the feel of books and find pleasure in discovery in Radder also warns parents against expecting too much of Young sters. Some Don t learn to speak or walks soon As others. For the same Rea sons some Don t learn to read As youngsters have slower motor co ordination. It takes them longer to learn. They Are slow starters. But that does t mean they Are less intelligent military children can have special Reading problems but also special advantages said miss Radder. Some youngsters suffer from trans fers in the primary grades. But we know that the experience Factor is important in Reading. So Chil Dren who do travel and have been exposed to Many things often become avid readers. Some youngsters have told Methey have read every Book on Library Reading specialists at the end of their conference had agreed Onat least one thing the failure to read is a Complex Multi sided problem wit no easy solution. Educators still argue Over the bes methods of teaching Reading As they have argued the past few decades. Only much More time and experimenting will give conclusive answers to Why Johnny can t read in High school and even More important will turn the tables so that he can

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