I believe that we all would agree that reading is foundational to the success of a child in their educational pursuits as well as all of their pursuits throughout life.
I also believe that most parents assume that, when they send their children to school, that their children will be taught to read as part of their education.
However, parents should ask the question, "When I send my child to school, will they be taught to read?"
If you are thinking of placing your child in a Charlotte Mecklenburg public school, I would encourage you to consider the following news headlines from the past two years:
Why can’t NC kids read? Another study shows Read To Achieve produced no gains.
Nation's Report Card: North Carolina reading scores drop
I can only imagine that, with the COVID-19 closure of schools, that reading scores are not likely to get better any time soon!
And this is in spite of the millions of dollars that the state of North Carolina has spent seeking to make sure that students could read at grade level; in spite of enlisting the private sector to boost reading scores; in spite of expanding summer reading programs; in spite of sharpening the skills of the educators tasked with teaching the children to read; in spite of Charlotte/Mecklenburg's own stated goal:
We provide reading instruction in the elementary, middle, and high school, that incorporates the deliberate and explicit teaching of reading skills and strategies that enable students to read with understanding. The focus for elementary grades is to build the foundational skills necessary for students to engage in an independent way with text. Through daily instructional practices, students receive targeted focused instruction around the following five areas: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension. Students are taught active reading strategies to self monitor their reading and these strategies are continued into the secondary level. As students move into the middle grades, teachers continue to model the use of active reading strategies to help students become more proficient readers. High school focuses on comprehension, critical thinking, and problem solving through the use of a variety of literary genres. Teaching all students to read and think critically is our goal as we prepare students to be successful in school and in life.
Could it be that students are not learning to read because they are not being taught to read?
Charlotte/Mecklenburg uses words such as phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary development, comprehension, and reading strategies. However, if most third grade public students can not read at grade level, are they really being taught how to read? I believe that most adults realize that the answer is, "No, they are not being taught to read."
(I know that you will likely have this question: "If they are not teaching the children to read, what are they teaching them?" I encourage you to read this article: "At a Loss for Words: How a flawed idea is teaching millions of kids to be poor readers.")
At South Charlotte Baptist Academy, our students are taught how to read beginning in our three year old preschool. South Charlotte Baptist Academy teaches students how to read using phonics. (To answer another question that you may have, "No, public schools do teach phonics.") South Charlotte Baptist Academy uses the Abeka curriculum which uses phonics to teach children to read. Abeka "...has been helping students learn to read for over 40 years with our intensive phonics approach. With a solid foundation for developing exceptional reading skills, Abeka students begin reading actual words very early." (Click here to learn more about the Abeka curriculum used at South Charlotte Baptist Academy.)
South Charlotte Baptist Academy is now enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year. Click here to learn more by scheduling your Educational Success Consultation.