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A freshman is flanked by vocabulary words at Fenger Academy High School in Chicago. Photos: Lina Lutton, WBEZ
A freshman is flanked by vocabulary words at Fenger Academy High School in Chicago. Photos: Lina Lutton, WBEZ

A high school confronts its reading troubles

Earlier this week, we learned what life has been like for a man who's just learning to read and write at age 48. He remembers shame at school dances, and being shunned as "slow."

Students who can't read by the time they're in high school often have deep challenges with learning disabilities...and self esteem. By one count, as many as 70 percent of incoming high school students are behind in reading. Not a little behind, but 2 to 3 GRADES behind. It's a problem that cuts through urban and rural settings.

For Front and Center, Linda Lutton reports on how one Chicago school is dealing with the problem.  Go to full article

Storytime sows seeds for lifelong literacy

This week we're looking at literacy in the North Country. Yesterday, we heard what it's like to live without knowing how to read or write, and the challenges and rewards of learning to read late in life. Today we'll spend a few minutes at the other end of the age spectrum.

Reading to children is a good way to plant the seeds for a lifetime of literacy. For today's Heard Up North, we'll nestle into the downstairs at the Canton Free Library for Children's Storytime.  Go to full article

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