Many reading experts say children under six are "not developmentally
ready” to begin reading instruction. They advocate starting in first
grade. These results show those experts
are wrong: "Grown--only 29,997 to go."
Three years from now, when the matching student cohort finally reaches a third-grade reading level in our local public schools, Imhotep's best third graders will be reading on a 6th-grade level (at least). As the principal said to me not too long ago, we need to totally change the way we teach reading in this country. That has always been my goal. Each year, about four million children enter our school system. We can change what happens to all of them.