Most North Carolinians believe that teaching third-graders to read is the primary purpose of our public school system, but not June Atkinson, our state superintendent of Public Instruction. Atkinson wants to advance third-graders based on the opinion of teachers, parents and principals and essentially abandon the requirement and common-sense idea that, by third grade, students need to be reading at a third-grade level.
Students who cannot read are precluded from the American dream and many future opportunities. It is shocking and disappointing that our school leaders have not accepted this challenge, which is also their solemn constitutional responsibility. There are many proven methods on how to teach reading.
I suggest that Atkinson shift her misguided efforts to providing educational opportunities to our children.
Robert L. Luddy