Reading Out Loud to Teens: Helping or Hurting?

Sometimes a story just hits you. We came across information about teachers reading out loud to students in school. Nothing unusual about that, right? Not if you're talking 5, 6, and 7-year-olds. But this was about HIGH SCHOOLERS. Here's an article on the topic. Some teachers say it gets older kids excited about learning. Critics fear it's a crutch and kids will never read on their own. I sat and thought about this for a while. My kids are approaching the ages that they're talking about. At first I thought, whatever it takes to get kids jazzed. I know, from doing homework every night, how tough it can be to get kids to want to learn sometimes. However, after thinking about it a little more, I'm wondering if there is a possibility that kids will fall through the cracks. One of my children is extremely intelligent but has had reading issues. If she could listen and then be tested orally, she'd be in Mensa. But, that's not how the world works. Could schools miss kids with problems if we start to depend on reading out loud? Maybe there is a balance that we don't know about. Maybe they read out loud for part of a lesson and then mandate that kids read other parts on their own. Not sure...but this is certainly something to think about. What do you think?? Let us know!
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