The education of American children appears to be at crisis stage in the nation today. Turmoil and confusion about what to teach, to whom and where, reflect the general concerns of a society in the midst of a social and economic re-evaluation process. Voters are rejecting pleas to support a public school system which many feel is failing in its role as educator to all children. Perhaps nowhere else is the criticism felt so sharply as in the area of reading instruction. Because so many pupils leave the elementary school and even the senior high school with less than adequate reading skills, school systems everywhere are taking a close hard look at the reading programs and the reading teachers in their schools in an effort to determine why these failures have occurred. Since learning to read is an integral part of learning in all areas, any improvement in the total education of children must, therefore, include improvement in the teaching of reading.
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