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African American Literacy, Part. 1


AIR DATE: August 10, 2012

Over the first few years of school, it is crucial for children to master the basics of reading, from sounding out letters and words to making sense of whole books. If they do not learn those skills, ideally by the time they finish third grade, they will stand little chance for success in later years. After that, the emphasis shifts from "learning to read" to "reading to learn," and most students lose interest. A recent study showed that African American students are notably behind other racial or ethnic groups in graduation rates, drop-out rates, literacy rates, and college preparedness.  With all the accessible reading material, how do we encourage young people to read? Find out on the next Connections.

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