Stop me if I told you this already. Oh, hah-hah, it's print, isn't it? You can't stop me. Well then just bear with me. In American schools, kids learn to read from kindergarten through the third grade. From fourth grade on, they read to learn.
South Carolina Minority Affairs Poor kids don't have to wind up in prison. They do have to be able to read by third grade.
Kids who can't read by fourth grade never really know what school is about. A book is a brick. A classroom is a jail. All teachers are boring.
Statistically and for the great mass of children, the ones who can't read at grade-level by the end of third grade are toast. Toast. Forget about it. Don't even tell me about remediation.
Yes, some kids can catch up with remedial instruction. But the money and the time are not there to do it on a mass scale. The kids most likely not to read at grade level go home every afternoon to corrosive environments anyway. Most of them are already on what The Children's Defense Fund calls the "cradle to prison pipeline."