Teen Literacy


Colleen Mills Williams writes "U.S. News & World Report has an article on teen literacy written by Anne McGrath. On the contents page, the tagline begins "EDUCATION: Attention, teens, this is a book..."

Willard Brown teaches chemistry at Skyline High in Oakland, Calif. But what he really hopes his students master on their way to learning science is a skill most people, the teenagers included, assume they nailed long ago: the ability to read. Too often, he says, students have an incomplete notion of what reading actually means. "They think, 'My eyes passed over the page, and I pronounced all the words.' They don't notice that they really didn't get it."

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