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Letter to Parents, Educators, and Boards of
Now is the time to seriously consider
doing something to help a silent minority attain
their rights to an equal educational opportunity.
Who knows, you might belong to this unusually silent
minority and not even know it.
This fall all across our
country our community schools will open with special
adult community education classes for all kinds of
minorities. There will be classes for such
minorities as those who want to learn to program
computers, arrange flowers, speak a foreign
language, train their dog, improve their keyboarding
skills, decorate cakes, play duplicate bridge, etc.
But there is one minority that
is being completely ignored. That is, the
small minority of adults who would like to know what
they can do to help their child (or their spouse)
learn to read or spell.
Check all the course offerings
of your school's adult community education program
for the past ten years. There won't be any
such class offered. Now don't you think that
this minority has as much right to help as the other
minorities? Why is it that there isn't?
Good question. Tough to answer.
We talk about the literacy
movement and the need for volunteers to help.
We have local literacy programs. We have
national groups such as Laubach Literacy
International, Literacy Volunteers of America, and
the AVKO Educational Research Foundation who train
tutors. And here in Michigan we have Michigan
Literacy, Inc. that helps local literacy groups
train tutors. But the largest pool of
potential volunteers lies untapped--those in the
immediate family who can read.
True, not all of them care.
Not all of them feel that they can help. But
there is a minority who do care and who feel they
can help. There is a minority of parents who
want to help their children learn to read.
They could and would help if they were trained.
There is a minority of adults who want to help their
spouses learn to read. They too would help if
they were trained.
Isn't it time your adult
community education program had classes in tutoring
family members in reading? If your school is
to have classes for parents this fall, now
is the time for them to start planning before
the rush to summer vacation begins.
Download AVKO's free pamphlet
How to Set Up a
Community Education Course for Adults Whose Children
(OR SPOUSES) Have Reading/Spelling Problems.
Read the pamphlet and then give it to the Community
School Director or a principal and make sure they
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