I am not surprised by the poor results on the FCAT reading scores as reported in the May 24 article Thousands flunk FCAT reading test. Our children aren’t reading books. And our county doesn’t support libraries in both public or school facilities. Additionally, many public and charter schools on all levels, are without libraries or media specialists who work hard to promote reading.
In the past we had bookmobiles that would go into areas where children couldn’t access books. They no longer exist. School libraries have not been financially supported for over six years. Our public libraries do not have enough new books. We need to once again focus and promote reading to inspire our children to turn off their phones and TVs.
We are becoming a society that lives only through tweets, celebrities and media events. Miami-Dade is not encouraging reading enough. Reopen school libraries and staff them with a trained media specialist and support personnel so that they can once again work to promote the love of reading.
Karen Herzog, Miami