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There was an article today stating that at least twenty states in America are rising up against the school system because their children cannot read.  It further states that only one in three children are at their appropriate reading level for their age and class.  Now they have decided to scrap the old system in favor of a new system. The article further went on to say that children are not being taught correctly. Of course, the teacher unions are fighting this.  My thought is why?  They are paid with our tax dollars to educate our children and grandchildren yet they are failing.  Not all teachers are in this category but apparently there are far too many at the elementary level not doing their jobs.  I taught my daughter to read when she was four.  One day in preschool she read out loud a sentence in a book.  The teacher spoke to me when I went to collect her and asked me if she could actually read.  I said absolutely.  My home has always been full of books of all types.  My son liked the illustrated classics which I saved and now his son will read them one day. There is a site entitled “Thriftbooks,” which carries new and used books.  It also has the older books that we all read when we were young, such as the “Bobbsey Twins,” “Nancy Drew,” “The Hardy Boys,” and so many more.  Good books with interesting stories without violence and political agendas.  Parents also should take responsibility to make sure their children can read. The Good Gus Series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies, personally autographed, are available through our website along with past blogs for your reading enjoyment. Coming soon audio and videos for the Good Gus series on YouTube! Digitizing for all the books are available now!  “Misplaced Trust” is now available on Amazon in e-book form. It is also available digitally at

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