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Elementary school teachers are increasingly concerned about the apparent lack of interest parents exhibit in their children's schooling. Teachers are mystified when important school forms are not returned, when parents do not attend parent-teacher conferences, and when children enter school without having heard an adult read to them. Teachers often interpret these actions as a lack of parental interest in school. Actions that seem to indicate neglect, however, may really be masking an even deeper problem — parental illiteracy.

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