"The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves." -- John Adams

"No money shall be drawn from the treasury, for the benefit of any religious or theological institution." -- Indiana Constitution Article 1, Section 6.

"...no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinion in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish enlarge, or affect their civil capacities." – Thomas Jefferson

Monday, June 14, 2010

Building a Nation of Readers

Stephen Krashen has been saying it for a long time...Read his comments here , here, and and here.

Dolly Parton put her money where her mouth was.

Others have been working hard at it for years with great success.

It's simple. Access to books is good for reading achievement. The more kids have access to books, the higher their reading achievement. There's a program this summer taking place in seven states which will put books into the hands of students who live in areas where access to books is lacking. Sometimes the school libraries are poorly stocked...sometimes the public libraries are too far away or hard (or dangerous) to get to. With this program thousands of children are going to get books of their own.

Click here to read about it.

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