I am not happy to report that if the law Michigan is considering passing which would keep third graders in third grade until they learn to read would mean I might still be there.
That is true because I was a non reader in third grade. And more third grade would have likely just led to me being more unhappy, more full of doubt, more worried and bigger a year later. In fact, since I wouldn’t have learn by more ‘drilling’ I may have not more on the next year. I didn’t learn to read until I was 18 years old. 18!!!!
The thought of what might have been pains me to think about. And it worries me when I think about other young non readers like me who are out there today.
At sixty-five, with three college degrees, I look back and can see no good that could come from a retention decision like this.
I do agree with PISA that the best thing that could have happened for me would have been to help you learn reading the first time around.
Here is a great 12 minute YouTube video – Measuring student success around the world
Watching this might open our eyes to the big picture of literacy and how the United States is doing and what makes sense and what doesn’t for moving forward.