Why Is This a Crisis?
Reading is the foundational skill for all learning and the focus of early education.
• The curriculum rule: in grades K-3 you learn to read, after grade 3 you read to learn.
• From grade 4, explicit instruction in reading is replaced with other subjects. From then on reading competence is assumed and essential.
• The risk for children who can’t read by grade 4 is captured in the current, dark descriptor “School to Prison Pipeline”.