To the editor:
I just read that student scores in Massachusetts are going down. I don’t think that the problem is with the teachers, (although teaching to the test is counter productive.) Students should not be taught to memorize, but to think.
My son has been very successful, not only because of the great education he received from the staff at the Marsh School in Methuen but also because we taught him to love to read. There is nothing that you cannot learn from books.
My son always saw us reading, even during the few times that the TV happened to be on, we had a book in our hands to cover commercials. We read to him constantly. He could read by the time he was 5. To this day (he’s 26 or so), he still loves to read.
If you want your child to succeed in life, do not rely on the teachers in school, who have 25 or so students to deal with; do it yourself. Do not make a big deal out of homework; it’s useless. Just teach them to love to read and give them time. Read to them and turn off the TV.