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Why Jamal still can't read. .

The article "Why Jamal Still Can't Read" provoked a lot of thought. I must admit that I disagree with placing much blame on the public educational system. Our children should have a strong foundation for learning long before they step foot in a public school. I cannot blame my child's white female teacher for my child's unfamiliarity with letters, books, colors or anything else they should know about before going to school. Is it the teacher's fault that our children spend more time in front of a television, playing video games, or being dressed in the finest designer clothes as opposed to being read to or stimulated intellectually? No. The problem starts and can be fixed right in the home.
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I shared this article with coworkers of Miami Valley Literacy Council, Dayton Ohio; we were all stunned at the NY State Supreme Court's ruling. What era did these justices come from? My God! I was alarmed and want to follow its effects statewide and nationally. One would think in such a diverse state as New York, this decision, the mindset behind the decision, would not be of the majority. I'd like to hear more from Lynda Jones on this issue.

Overall, we have lost our sense of national outcry. The fact that so many Americans cannot read at an adult level is equivalent to a national disaster!
--Jeff Sawyer
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Publication:Black Issues Book Review
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Nov 1, 2002
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