"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them."
We are living in a crazy time of school reforms based on standardized fill-in-the-bubble test scores on math and reading.
"Crazy" is probably too nice a word.
Schools continue to make efforts to get test scores up and up and up. How? By dropping just about everything besides instruction in reading and math.
If all kids learn in school is how to read faster and compute quicker, our country is in real trouble. For one thing, we'll be in danger of creating a society of people who resemble the man Mark Twain refers to in his quotation here: people who do not read good books. They may have learned how to read, but will missed out on the why.
Over the coming long weekend I hope to share with my readers research done at U.C. Berkeley about the long term value of a high quality kindergarten program.