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The most persistent hazard in skills emphasis is that we become so busy teaching them that we forget about the important goal- to develop readers and writers. I know children who can perform skills in isolation to 80 percent proficiency, 95 percent proficiency, yes, even 100 percent proficiency. But, they can't read where it counts-in the real world of books. What is even more distressing is that some of them don't even want to enter this real world because they have never had a taste.

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