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If Johnny Can´t Read, Who´s to Blame?
American Thinker, by T.R. Clancy

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Posted By:Hazymac, 7/8/2018 10:22:14 AM

When a federal court dismissed on June 29 the class-action lawsuit claiming the State of Michigan had deprived Detroit public schoolchildren of “their right to literacy,” the left was all set to react in faux shock. The court’s key finding hardly came as news to most of us, but the headlines in the New York Times sounded as if someone had denied climate change: “Access to Literacy’ Is Not a Constitutional Right, Judge in Detroit Rules.” These days, when everything progressives want government to provide free is defined as a “right,” i.e., healthcare, housing, a guaranteed income, American citizenship for illegal aliens, etc., etc.,


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Reply 1 - Posted by: TexaTucky, 7/8/2018 10:23:04 AM     (No. 11687195)


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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird, 7/8/2018 10:30:17 AM     (No. 11687200)

Have his eyes checked. Younger son had problems. Turned out to be extremely far-sighted, a condition that the school eye exams did not disclose.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: MDConservative, 7/8/2018 10:32:42 AM     (No. 11687204)

"Whatever is behind the literacy problems in Detroit schools, it’s not lack of money, state indifference, or ´disinvestment.´"

This is pretty much universal in any urban setting. Between the unions and the grifters, wholly supported by the school boards and the revolving door superintendents, public education should be outlawed, replaced by private schools with current school facilities used as incubators.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: fayebeck, 7/8/2018 10:43:33 AM     (No. 11687222)

Sure didn´t take long to blame parents did it? Always blame parents for a "teacher´s failure. How´s this for a bumper sticker. "if your kid can READ this THANK a parent." Damn I get tired of such blame. Pay your taxes and expect your kid to be taught to read by an overpaid loser and it´s your fault the kid can´t read.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: TexaTucky, 7/8/2018 10:48:40 AM     (No. 11687229)

Wow - I guess I´m biased since my mother taught me to read before I started school. We did the same with all our kids, too.

Blame? I call it pride. Teachers need to pick up the baton, but if my kid is unable to read and he´s in school, I will be hot-damned if I leave it at that.

Parents are ultimately responsible for whether their children read.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: EuroTim, 7/8/2018 11:11:17 AM     (No. 11687257)

“Johnny” reads plenty. The problem is that Johnny can’t think.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: hotcorner, 7/8/2018 11:17:14 AM     (No. 11687261)

Public schools are about the union money for Democrats to seek and retain power. Teaching Johnny how to read hardly enters the liberal mind. In fact, they want Johnny dumb.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 7/8/2018 11:30:13 AM     (No. 11687278)

Goobermint schools are nothing more than state-supported daycare and indoctrination centers. They would be the envy of the former German Democratic Republic or Soviet Union.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Ribald1, 7/8/2018 11:34:02 AM     (No. 11687283)

Government schools purpose is not to teach kids things their parents should be teaching them. Back when most were illiterate most schooling had to revolve around the 3 R´s.
By the time I started Kindergarten in the late 50´s they wouldn´t let a kid in unless he knew his alphabet, could count to 10, knew his address and phone number, could tie his shoes. Actually the list was quite lengthy.
By first grade they had to take all kids, even the ones with parents who couldn´t be bothered teaching their kids basic things like reading and writing.

Negligent and uncaring parents will always be around, but schools lack the ability to get a kid to think something worthwhile, like getting an education, when the parents are opposed to it.

Yes, if your little Johnny can´t read, it is your fault. ESPECIALLY if the child has learning of vision issues. One has no right to expect the government to care more about their kids than they do.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: beatlejeff, 7/8/2018 11:48:23 AM     (No. 11687297)

If Johnny from da hood can´t read, it´s because instead of hitting the books, he´s too busy perfecting his jump shot or his freestyle. Who needs an education when you´re going to be an NBA or rap star?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: M2, 7/8/2018 11:51:30 AM     (No. 11687309)

So when just the black and hispanic kids don´t perform, it´s never the teachers´ fault, but how do they explain white kids´ success, then? Are there any white kids in this story? Did anyone do a comparison as to why white kids in bad neighborhoods do better than the black kids in the same neighborhoods, or did all the white parents wisely remove their kids from said schools?

POINT: Black kids can´t read because they are not being taught to read. Whose fault except the teachers´ is that?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Cat Ballou, 7/8/2018 12:00:23 PM     (No. 11687323)

The fault lies with the voters, not getting involved in the political system and electing people that will do the will of the people. Lack of education has become a generational problem. In many areas of the country, the people might not know how to read or write, but they certainly know how to get the government benefits. Their children don´t have a chance.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: dvc, 7/8/2018 12:08:30 PM     (No. 11687346)

My mother taught me to read. I read the newspaper for content with my breakfast a year before I went to 1st grade.

I remember sitting on the floor with my mother with flash cards learning the alphabet, then short words, using PHONICS. Then longer words. Then I found new words on billboards as we drove around, Mom and Dad explained them to me. I remember being thrilled at only one letter changing "hotel" into a whole different word, "motel". They made it a game. I´ve been a voracious reader my whole life.

This is primarily a parent´s responsibility, with schools backing them up.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: IdahoSky, 7/8/2018 12:13:49 PM     (No. 11687355)

It´s the fault of the parents. Ultimately the child belongs to his parents, not the state.
Parents have to be involved. Check out the school. Check out the teacher. Get involved, don´t just hand over your kid to the bureaucrats and expect results.
Better yet, home school.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Ribicon, 7/8/2018 12:38:30 PM     (No. 11687400)

In the 1960s, black kids couldn´t read or otherwise keep pace with white kids because they ate lead paint in their tenements. Today, the excuse for black kids not learning, despite limitless spending on public schools, is systemic white privilege. Black kids proudly deride reading as "acting white," and multigenerational welfare rewards a lifetime of indolence among single-parent households. To criticize such a system would be downright deplorable.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Yorkiemom, 7/8/2018 12:47:28 PM     (No. 11687409)

Parents are the kids first teachers. They have the kids 5 years before kids enter school and can work wonders if they choose to put in the effort. When school starts, it takes parents, students, and teachers, putting in the effort, to see that learning takes place. In a perfect world, all kids would have the skills needed for the real world. Thank goodness my grandkids are growing up the way I did.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Penney, 7/8/2018 12:57:15 PM     (No. 11687421)

A lack of the parents´ help and a lack of phonics are both problems these days.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: saguni, 7/8/2018 5:23:09 PM     (No. 11687692)

I remember an article out of Australia, where some LIEberal group noticed that children of parents who read to them every day learned to read faster and better than the children of parents who never read to them.

The article was about the efforts of the group to eliminate reading to one´s child because it created an unfair advantage for their child over children whose parents did´t have time to read to them.

Yeah, right, like I´m ever going to do anything to disadvantage my child or grandchildren.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: belwhatter, 7/8/2018 7:29:54 PM     (No. 11687781)

I am old now, really old, but I learned to read before I was four years old. My parents believed in their responsibility to teach and guide their child. It was fun for me to respond to their encouragement. They also taught me to write. With those basic hurdles accomplished the world can become any child´s oyster.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: mickturn, 7/8/2018 9:52:23 PM     (No. 11687879)

Simple, it is the Schools run by Liberals in Unions...They do the Democraps bidding in keeping children indoctrinated and ignorant...they need more voters and that is how they get them! NO, it´s not the Parents, they are trusting the teachers to DO THEIR JOB and the parents don´t know the damage done until it is too late!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: LaVallette, 7/9/2018 6:35:42 AM     (No. 11688062)

Liberal Progressive SJW spend their lives inventing rights for their supporters which someone else has to pay for.

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