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The Online Read... from St. Louis, Missouri is reading The Fluent Reader September 20, 2016 - 5:52am

Approximately 40% of the children of the United States are unsuccessful readers in 4th grade. It's horrifying! I work every day to improve the situation with a 1-on-1 teaching program online.

But this isn't enough! I can only reach the children I have time to teach. I need to expand the audience for my unique and innovative teaching methods to reach more failing kids. It's a huge problem, and for anyone who believes the cliché that "the children are our future," (and it shouldn't be a cliché!) please speak out. Because right now, the U.S.A. is not addressing this issue!

I apologize for what sounds like hyperbole, but it is a fact. If that many of our kids aren't reading well enough to function at a basic level, what does that mean for our future citizens, voters, and the choices they make? What does it mean for future employees, blue collar, white collar, any collar?

In reality, I fear its effects are being felt right now in our presidential race. Because this is not a new issue.

I need advice on how best to change this statistic for our children, and any response, input, suggestion or idea is 100% welcome. I can take a lot of heat.

Should I write about it?

Should it be for parents or teachers?

Or should I invest in creating an online interactive program? I worry that it will be dated by the time I finish it. Or maybe not?

It's good to be here. I hope it's an active community! :) Thanks for any thoughts you may have. :)


P.S. This is a rough draft. I wonder if it's editable? Hope so!


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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal September 20, 2016 - 9:02am

Of course the US is addressing the issue. We're testing the fuck out of the kids. Sometimes for 3 weeks straight!


Standardized tests are the answer, right?

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel September 21, 2016 - 8:42pm

I have a few options for you: 1) Give up and accept the world as you've created it. It is your generation that has created this dynamic. Enjoy. 

2) Get out of the way. Allow your children to learn the truth, the complete unflattering truth, about how we have made the world for them.

3) Stay in the way, disregard your generation's culpability, pretend like it's your kid's fault for where we are now.

4) Discover a plan B where you maintain plausible deniability, and your kids fix the mess.

5) Blame the kids for fucking it all up.

6) Accept we don't know what we're doing, stand aside, and hope they do it better.

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal September 21, 2016 - 9:59pm

Oh, if you want to change this statistic... I mean, come on, you won't. Changing the world only happens in fiction, which is why we're all here. 

Or maybe not. Here's how you do it: you create a better way and demonstrate its superiority. You'll need great marketing for this, because while a good product can often sell itself, it won't when pitted against the mighty force of all government and special interests that you'd be going against. But if you kid after kid, class after class, school after school, district after district... around? They can't ignore you forever.

Then again, the federal government is calling the shots more and more, so they probably still can.

(And this presidential race? Try the last five at least.)