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Volume 15, Number 4
July/August 2099

Johnny Still Can't Read?

Why high school students aren't developing the reading skills they need—and what some researchers suggest to solve this growing problem

Johnny Still Can't Read?, continued


 

Each fall, Anna Lobianco, a reading specialist at Bread and Roses Integrated Arts High School in New York City, gives a reading test to the 90 incoming 9th-graders. As part of the assessment, she interviews the students about their attitudes toward reading and how they handle problems that arise while reading.

"I get the exact same responses from kids every year," says Lobianco. "They hate reading. It's just a labor." Of the students Lobianco screens, almost one-third are identified for inclusion in her remedial reading class.

"A question I always ask kids is what do you do when you come to a word you don't know," she continues. "They all say the same thing: 'I look it up in the dictionary.' They don't have any [other] strategies for reading. They don't have the 'skip it, try to figure it out and come back to it later' type strategies."


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