On DeHavilland Blog, Brett writes a letter to parents.
Despite what you hear from the talking heads in the news, our schools are perfectly capable of teaching a child to read. But we have to have children who are ready to learn, who have a supportive environment at home that reinforces what they’re doing at school.
From almost the time that they’re born, it is your responsibility — and only your responsibility — to prepare them to successfully learn how to read. Fortunately this is simple to do.
Read to them every day, preferably a few times a day. Let them see you reading. Make sure they have access to a wide variety of reading materials in the home.
If parents do that, schools can do the rest, Brett says.