Re “School truancy starts early” (Page A1, Sept. 14): The article quoted a couple of Modesto school administrators saying pupils should know reading and addition skills when they enter first grade.
Not all will have this ability. They will fail daily assignments and pretty soon we can count them as truants. Math and reading are intellectual skills, but there are other skills equally important to young learners. I dug up my so-called files and unearthed a standardized scale called the School Maturity Scale prepared at San Jose State College back in the early 1960s. In addition to intellectual skills, it also lists social, emotional and physical skills that a child can be successful in.
I sometimes think we are learning for test scores, not for the sake of learning.
Frank Burke, Modesto
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