CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2000 |
I am a volunteer soldier in the war for literacy. When I heard reports that many of our children lacked the ability to read, I gladly enlisted to be a classroom teacher's aide. Currently, I work six hours a week in first- and third-grade classrooms at Bear Flag Elementary School, which is in the Sacramento City Unified School District. What I've seen really worries me. Students are being forced to struggle with high-minded reading texts that have little to do with their daily lives.