John T. Allen: Parents need to read to kids

November 16, 2013 

In your Nov. 3 editorial “Reading gap” I was surprised you excluded the biggest influence on a child’s inability to read: the parent(s) (or other guardian). The child must have parent(s) that will read to them and eventually they in turn will read to the parents. The more a parent reads to the child during their formative years the more vocabulary they learn, have a higher reading level and make better grades in all other subjects than the one whose parents did not read to them.

The most important social institution is the family and it is time we hold parents more accountable.

John T. Allen

Raleigh

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