Fri, 04 Oct 2013 18:57:07 GMT — Reading may be known as fundamental, but if you can't read the words inside of a book how far can you go?Yetay Anderson, a 3rd grade Reading teacher at Live Oak Elementary School, says she knows how beneficial reading is to a students future and says under her watch no student will ever leave her class at a subpar reading level."Where ever they have their deficit at, that's where we're working with the students to get them where they need to be," says Anderson.She says the best tool to help bring the magic of reading to life is through repetition.Anderson says, "when the students see it over and over again it eventually sticks. Looking at a word and saying a word if they're not familiar with that word, then the more you say it then the more you know it then the more you'll remember it."But if reading is so important, should there be a law that can hold kids back if they don't meet the requirements?Dougherty County State Court Judge Victoria S. Darrisaw says in her opinion, making that law would do more harm than good."I would hope that we wouldn't need a law to encourage our children to read. I would hope the parent would want their child to be successful," says Darrisaw.Darrisaw wants to make it clear that she can't make the laws, she can only enforce them. Both Darrisaw and Anderson feel that having the ability to read starts at home, not at school.
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