Children Read to Dogs at Virigina Library

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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9 responses to “Children Read to Dogs at Virigina Library

  1. Very interesting concept!

    • It’s really too bad the school didn’t do their job in the first place and teach these children to read. Their skills will not improve without correcting what they are doing wrong, which the dog cannot do.
      Blessings, ~Mrs. R

  2. It would be nice if they could read to lonely folks in retirement/rest homes:)

    • Hello Dana,
      It would be… if these children could read in the first place! This is being used as a way for the children to improve their poor reading skills… but without any correction of wrong pronunciation!

      Could this be one of the reasons kids today generally end all sentences with a upwards inflection — indicating a question — but they were not asking a question!

      A little basic phonics instruction would go a long way with these children.
      Blessings, ~Mrs. R

  3. It could be that they were not taught well, but as I have struggling readers, who have been home schooled all their lives, we need to be careful to not judge others for their lack of knowledge when it comes to reading. My sons whom are 12 and 10 have honestly struggled all their lives because of disabilities that were missed at first. Sometimes reading to someone to learn that reading can be fun, without correction can be the best thing for them. If you have never had a struggling reader, you may not understand….

    • Hello Martha,
      Yes, I do understand struggling learners. I have one currently and a previous one was also a struggling learner. I am not addressing a struggling learner in the least, but the program and it’s funding.

      My objection is that a LARGE percentage of public schooled children are illiterate by the time they graduate. This is yet another program by the schools to teach/correct/improve what they never taught properly in the first place and at the expense of the parents who are now being double tapped in the wallet.

      I KNOW the public schools didn’t teach reading properly in the first place because of the illiteracy rate!

      Institutionalized, centralized, cookie-cutter instruction only fits for a small minority of the unique children being ‘processed’ through the system. Which is why homeschooling WORKS so much better for students – individualized instruction!
      Blessings, ~Mrs. R

      • Oh one other thought on this – the LITERACY rate in colonial times was 98%!

        There is something terribly wrong with the modern American education system when the literacy rate has fallen to half of what is was a few hundred years ago.

        THAT is my point in sharing this article. 🙂
        Blessings, ~Mrs. R

  4. Our county does this too, Mrs. R, and as you can imagine I have an entirely different objection to it. This means that I can’t take my three youngest children to the library anymore :-(. Lucinda ended up being taken by ambulance to the ER by being in a home where dogs had been months prior – what if we unknowingly are following one of these events a few hours afterward? With dog allergies being among the most common allergies out there, I am really questioning the wisdom of having dogs in the children’s sections of libraries! I have been writing our library system with no response so far :-(. It seems so gimmicky to me – if a child is struggling, why would one event at their local library suddenly make that much difference?

    • Oh Kimberly!!
      I had forgotten about your children’s severe allergy to dogs!! And you are right, the few times a child reads to a dog will not be that big a deal. To me this speaks loudly of wasting more of our money.
      Blessings, ~Mrs. R