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Letter: Reading to students is still the best way to teach them
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Pre-schoolers at World Language Academy listen to Coy Bowles of the Zac Brown Band during a class visit in Flowery Branch, on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Bowles played music and read his new book, "Behind the Little Red Door." - photo by David Barnes
Can we just stop it, please? It’s all just a big waste of time, energy, resources and public goodwill. None of this incessant arguing, posturing, school reorganizing, renaming of instruction standards — indeed, even changing the standards themselves — has ever, can ever or will ever teach a single one of the 50-plus percent of our Gainesville elementary and middle school students currently unable to read at the “developing learner” level how to do so.