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Learning Ovations' Thoughts on Current Events

Updated: May 21, 2021

Rethinking Schooling for the Upcoming Year...

An article recently published by EducationWeek titled “The Coming Literacy Crisis: There’s No Going Back to School as We Knew It” touches on issues surrounding the coming school year. In it, coauthors Comer Yates, Renée Boynton-Jarrett & Maryanne Wolf passionately urge educators to strive towards using this opportunity as a chance for building back a stronger foundation amidst the rubble we stand upon.

Included is the ever-growing urgency for improving 3rd grade literacy outcomes, starting now. As they put it “children’s reading levels at 3rd grade form one of the most meaningful academic benchmarks”. This is an issue whose weight has most noticeably been burdened by the backs of many of our hardworking teachers, but it doesn’t need to be. Looking at the rapid rates of progress along other essential fields during these confounding times, it is long overdue we apply the same urgency towards solving our longstanding educational crises and finally start relieving the pressure of shortcomings from teachers. In response to these needs, the call for the immediate implementation of effective, equitable instructional standards-based thoroughly on the practiced and proven findings of the science of reading is louder than ever.

To end where the article opens, a quote from Frederick Douglass rings as clearly today as it did over one hundred years ago, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” Along this path towards freedom, we at Learning Ovations are proudly standing near the front of the assembly, taking every possible step in the direction of a more free, equal, and opportunistic educational future, for every child.

Read about this and more in the original article from EducationWeek...

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