I was making a presentation about how to raise reading achievement. I was taking my audience through research on what needed to be taught and how it needed to be taught if kids were to do as well as possible. I was telling about my experiences as director of reading of the Chicago Public Schools at a time when my teachers raised reading achievement.
When I finished, a teacher approached me. “What do you think is the most important variable in higher reading achievement?”
My answer was, “The amount of teaching — academic experience — that we provide to our children.”