Why do children learn better when they are taught to read?
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has announced that she will require that all kindergarteners and first grade students learn to read.
She made the announcement during a ceremony at the Department of Education, where she unveiled the new national reading curriculum, which will be delivered by teachers in public schools in the coming weeks.
She said that in order to ensure children learn to be able to read, “children must be taught to see reading as part of their core literacy skills”.
She said: “We must all be committed to ensuring that every child is capable of reading and we will do this by encouraging and supporting children to read from the earliest years of their life.”
The new national curriculum will also encourage young children to learn how to read in a way that is safe, nurturing and supportive.
A recent survey found that three in five kindergartners had read more than 10 pages of a book.
This includes more than one-quarter of boys and more than a third of girls.
The new reading curriculum will be introduced in all 50 states and the District of Columbia by the end of the year.
The government will fund the new curriculum through the National School Lunch Program.
The department also plans to launch a nationwide reading project called Reading Across the United States, which is aimed at providing literacy and numeracy training for every school in the country.
The program aims to provide students with the tools they need to learn to write and read, and to support them to become independent and self-sufficient.
It will also provide them with the resources they need, including free library books, a local library card and a library subscription.
The department will also offer free library cards for students to use to access online books and other resources.