A public library in Virginia is sponsoring a program for children to read books . . . to dogs. The Alexandria, Virginia, library “Paws to Read” program has children in grades 1-6 reading books to dogs. The flier promoting the program, paid for through Alexandria City tax dollars, is here:
In the program, parents are not allowed in the room when the children are reading to the dogs. The dogs, advocates boast, won’t judge or correct the children. The judgment-free and correction-free dog reading zone, naturally, has roots in academia. The University of California at Davis produced a study called “Reading to Rover” that catalogs the benefits of children reading to dogs, instead of with parents.
One child in the UCAL Davis study described why she prefers reading to dogs… read the rest here.
In the photo above… this is a 13 -14 year old male and he is reading a Golden Book. He is reading a little kiddie book!! Yikes.
Chalk this up as another albeit strange reason why we homeschool.
So not only do you have to pay your hard earned money (via your property taxes) to pay for schools to not teach your child to read. You also get to pay with your hard earned money to have your child read to the dog in another attempt to ‘teach’ the child to read when the school couldn’t do their job.
Remember this the next time your school system wants you to vote for another tax increase — it’s for the children.
Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)
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