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#beginquote# Don, I see the results of education or lack of it on a smaller level. I'm a volunteet tutor (reading, writing, spelling and sometimes basic arithmetic) at a local neighborhood center. It sad to say, but I've had 4th and 5th graders who don't know the times table, have a hard time reading and writing and you know sadly the rest. Whose braingstorm came up with the whole language program. That's part of most of the problem - it dosen't teach kids to sound out words or the old fashioned phonics and the way we learned. Sometimes the old ways are best. Even the younger kids 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders (and this is when the foundations of reading, writing and arithmetic are formed) have problems. In New York I find that kids from homes where only Spanish or any language but English is spoken have a hard time. As far a arithmetic is concerned, they pull out a calulators. Garbage In, Garbage Out is what I tell them and will not allow them to use them. The center dosen't allow kids to use calulators either. I wish I had the answer, it's very sad to be a witness to this lack of education even on a smaller scale. What is the answer, I wonder. I'm happy that we still have educators like you who care and are trying to find a better way.:( #endquote#
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