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Illiteracy remains a big problem in county

May 7, 2013

With about 5,000 people in Lycoming County never completing the ninth grade, combating illiteracy remains an important issue in the area....

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Livinlife

May-08-13 11:51 PM

Your job is to engage students. You are all adults not the kids best friend. Grow up and teach. You will never reach them all, but try something. Over the last several years many school districts have failed in reading programs throughout the county. There is an obvious problem here. If this were a real business you would be fired or just not paid for lack of performance. It is not my job to figure out how to teach. You went to school for this. Figure it out!

Parents, I did not give birth to your child. I don't think he or she is special. Pay attention to him/her. There is no village raising your child. I know it is hard, but you should have thought about it before you gave birth. Your child is a reflection of you. So if you want to be perceived as ignorant, then ignore your child's education.

I am sorry for being long winded, but if we took responsibility for our behavior we could fix problems. I am a hater. I just hate stupidity. This situation is stupid.

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Livinlife

May-08-13 11:41 PM

Gavinf56 is right. Our community has become uncompetitive when fighting for business. Businesses are looking for skilled intelligent labor. Our labor can't even read the training manual.

Fromtheport has a valid point. Throwing money at the problem does not solve the problem.

Johnjr you need to get over yourself. This is not about blaming people. It seems the failures of teaching our children has become just that. Teachers blame the parents, parents blame the teachers, and school boards sit idly by. We are ADULTS. As ADULTS, we take RESPONSIBILTY for our successes and our failures. We cannot expect perfection.

School boards, fire people! There are bad teachers, get rid of them. Also take note of smaller private schools. Get rid of the feel good programs that you cannot afford. No student should not have social studies. This is a basic subject to get students prepared for the real world.

Teachers, if the parents are not involved, that *****. Get over it.

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gavinf56

May-07-13 7:22 PM

You are not going to bring good paying jobs to an area with an illiterate workforce.

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BobLawblaw

May-07-13 1:24 PM

I was not aware of the shame associated with buying soup with pictures on the can. When did they start selling soup without pictures?

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wwhickok

May-07-13 1:10 PM

For starters, the school system in Williamsport, just speaking about Williamsport, is a joke for the most part. Especially the High School, the drop out rate is ridiculous there.

Having said that this by no means is a surprise to anyone I'm sure. That doesn't make it less of a problem.

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Johnjr

May-07-13 12:16 PM

read the article Port. Engel did not state that. Go to a meeting and ask some questions. get involved. seek answers. or hide behind this forum. your choice.

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fromtheport

May-07-13 10:06 AM

English major from penn college. @johnjr someone needs to be blamed i pay school taxes and i dont have kids, so my taxes are going to produce illiterate kids, you take offense of blaming the school district, when there is an article on poor parenting, those people take offense, throw more money at the situation maybe that will solve the problem. Someone needs to take the blame and since Engel stated that they cobble together a reading program, meaning noone really put forth an effort to help these kids, we could put the arguement of whose at fault on the school district and those who run it.

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MrShaman

May-07-13 9:21 AM

"REALLY IS THIS A SURPRISE? After john engle just sited how they have a reading program that is just cobbled together. I got an Idea lets just come up with an entitlement for all those who cant read how about $5,000/month just cause your an idiot and South Williamsport cobbles reading together because you dont really need it, what you need is more money for a new scoreboard. To bad they dont allow swearing on this I got a lot of words for these people. And if you link welfare checks to grades Im sure this problem will go away in like 2 years." - fromtheport

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You "English Majors" are tooooooooo obvious.

I think it's (primarily) your punctuation-"artistry" that gives-you-away.

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MrShaman

May-07-13 9:16 AM

"Learning to read is an important skills as it "empowers" people throughout their lives, she said."

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There's also a downside, to literacy. It could (significantly) SLASH the head-count of Clear Channel fans!!

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Johnjr

May-07-13 8:34 AM

Laugh in, That actually is a good idea. Outdated it may be however, outdated can be just a little older but still affective if used properly. reading is reading. Teachers can use several technics to get kids excited about reading. it doesn't have to come from a "program". Parents play a large role in their childs education. Fromtheport probably wouldn't understand that. he's more interested in finding someone to blame for his lack of success in this world. Good luck with that.

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LaughIn

May-07-13 4:04 AM

I do believe the SW district did comment on using outdated Scott Foresman curriculum and texts. Maybe the district could donate the material to the Literacy Program in Lycoming Co. for adults?

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CaymanJim

May-07-13 2:22 AM

From the way this person spells, and his/her incorrect use of the words he's trying to convey, I'd be really surprised if he even entered ninth grade, let alone complete it. Sorry, friend, but you're not qualified to preach about the problems of illiteracy.Maybe you should buy a "Grammar for Dummies" book from Amazon****.

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fromtheport

May-07-13 12:38 AM

REALLY IS THIS A SURPRISE? After john engle just sited how they have a reading program that is just cobbled together. I got an Idea lets just come up with an entitlement for all those who cant read how about $5,000/month just cause your an idiot and South Williamsport cobbles reading together because you dont really need it, what you need is more money for a new scoreboard. To bad they dont allow swearing on this I got a lot of words for these people. And if you link welfare checks to grades Im sure this problem will go away in like 2 years.

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