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ERIC Number: ED034665
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Oct-3
Pages: 11
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The Right to Read--Challenge for Local Leadership.
Allen, James E., Jr.
In a country beset with confrontation and division--some of it over the quality of education--educators should consider as a basic need, the right of every student to read. With taxpapers concerned about the cost of education, educators need to make certain that present allotments go to priority needs, which surely include alleviating the tragic but challenging degree of reading difficulty manifest by an estimated 10 million American children. While aiming at the life style of the student--particularly the student in the ghetto--in terms of reading interests, educators should be less defensive, vague, and secretive about their program results. While applying the eclectically balanced approach required in each teaching situation, they should strive for more results; they should be goal conscious. To succeed, the Right to Read impetus must become a grass-roots effort. The U.S. Office of Education in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and also state education departments are preparing steps that will support such a movement. Steps for local citizens to take in improving reading in the schools and in developing a grass-roots concern for the Right to Read are detailed. (BT)
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Note: Speech delivered to the Annual Civic Dinner of the Citizens Schools Committee of Chicago, Ill., October 3, 1969