There seems to be much debate these days about the “functionary parameters” of the modern classroom. Exactly what are schools supposed to teach? Gone are the days of instilling the skill set of the three R’s (reading, ’riting and ’rithmetic). Social and philosophical philosophies have found their way into the classroom. And often evaluation is based on effort rather than outcome.
So what can be done to help students across the board take charge of their own education? The answer is surprisingly simple: learn to love to read. Reading is one of the most basic and necessary academic skills. It is also the one skill that transcends all other academic endeavors. Reading comprehension is the doorway through which almost all other academic arenas are entered.