"The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves." -- John Adams

"No money shall be drawn from the treasury, for the benefit of any religious or theological institution." -- Indiana Constitution Article 1, Section 6.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilisation, it expects what never was and never will be...nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe." – Thomas Jefferson

Monday, June 14, 2010

Building a Nation of Readers

Stephen Krashen has been saying it for a long time...Read his comments here , here, and and here.

Dolly Parton put her money where her mouth was.

Others have been working hard at it for years with great success.

It's simple. Access to books is good for reading achievement. The more kids have access to books, the higher their reading achievement. There's a program this summer taking place in seven states which will put books into the hands of students who live in areas where access to books is lacking. Sometimes the school libraries are poorly stocked...sometimes the public libraries are too far away or hard (or dangerous) to get to. With this program thousands of children are going to get books of their own.

Click here to read about it.

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