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[–] YamaMaya 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

My SIL came out of highschool not knowing what basic words meant. One of her boyfriends was even worse. It actually angers me that over a decade of schooling has kids come out this dumb.

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[–] Anmanda 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I saw this awhile ago. I can't believe how fucked the american school system is. I thought Australia's was lacking but wow, what a disgrace.

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[–] MrPim 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

"functional literates".

Functional illiterates 🤓

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[–] ReconquerCurvy [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Haha, yes, thank you. What a thing to typo.

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[–] ChapterJuni 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Sight words were pushed in teaching school as high frequency words with non-phonetic spellings, but most of the sight words kids are expected to memorize (based on what I see sent home from school with my nieces and nephews) are phonetic. My niece who did "very well" with sight words in kindergarten and first grade really struggles to read books with any sort of vocabulary in them. She can't sound out the words at 8 years old.

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[–] ReconquerCurvy [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I'm sorry to hear about your niece. There's still a chance for her though, her mind is still young.

Sight words + common core math... It's a scary outlook.

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[–] Anmanda 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Is there a parent that reads with her at night? Id say provide the best work around and teach her to read phoneticly regardless of the school

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[–] ChapterJuni 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Her dad (my brother) is an absentee drug addict father, and her mother is a single mom with four kids from three dads. So the parents are pretty much useless and I can only do so much if/when I see her.

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[–] MrsOyVeytheGoyimKnow 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Learning to read phonetically is by far the best way. Source: 1 of 5 homeschool children that all learned to read with Samuel L. Blumenfeld's "Alpha-Phonics, A Primer for Beginning Readers". We all excelled in English and writing, have above average speed and comprehension, and in general we all have a genuine love and respect for literature. My older sister has my mom's original copy, and is using it for her daughters. I bought one before my son was even born!