The reading myth that will not die…
Many politicians and others wanting to justify all sorts of educational torture continue to push the myth that at 3rd grade there is some magical shift from “learning to read to reading to learn.” I can tell you that this is manifestly incorrect and those mountebanks pushing it should stop. Let me be clear – we are always learning to read and reading to learn. When that student in 2nd grade decides they want to read a book about lions -they are reading to learn and learning to read. When a 1st grade teacher does a read aloud about planets, the students are learning to read and reading to learn. High school students -even in honors classes – are always gaining insights on their reading and often pick up new good reader habits as they grow as readers.
We are always growing and changing as readers.
Let’s stop the lie that there is some magical shift from learning to read to reading to learn. It is dishonest and political.