Naif Bennabi June 8, 2020 Math Worksheets
Is your child experiencing difficulty in reading?
Can your child read, but is unable to comprehend homework assignments? Are you constantly helping your child with homework assignments?
Your child may be partially illiterate or may not be able to read at all.
With the cash crunch on public schools, a classroom size from kindergarten to grade six has ballooned. Teachers have difficulty identifying poor reading and writing skills among their students until it is too late. Oftentimes the teacher is aware of the problem, and has contacted the child's home only to find that the parent is incapable of handling their problematic child.
Other times, the teacher may be ignorant as to the real cause thereby treating behavioral problems through disciplinary action. As a result, the illiterate child is avoided and placed with a teacher's aide caring for more than one student. By the way, most teachers' aides are not trained in curriculum instruction.
I could go on with all the factors preventing corrective solutions in the fight against illiteracy. The main culprit lies with the "No child left behind policy". In this system, the partially illiterate and illiterate child passes from grade to grade despite the huge gap in academic training.
What Happens when Illiteracy Reaches High School?
As I have mentioned in a previous article, "The Benefit of Using PowerPoint in a Language Classroom", middle and high school teachers are often faced with partially illiterate students. When caught early in middle school, parents can help close the gap before their children begin high school. It is not advisable to wait until they reach the secondary level in order to correct remedial reading deficiencies. If you do realize the situation, speak with a school administrator for help. Chances are, the principal may be able to connect you with an alternate government funded program to remedy the problem.
Students must have a good grasp of reading comprehension in order to understand math instructions and the sciences. Secondly, students who are partially illiterate will suffer humiliation if their parents, teachers or peers find out at such a late stage. Be kind. Thirdly, the unprepared student will act out in class if asked to read or answer questions pertaining to assigned work. Acting out is a teenager's self-defense mechanism to safeguard an embarrassing secret. Reverting to this type of tactic portrays bravado in the light of adversity-the tough individual. In other words, escaping reality via the detention center.