That Was Fun! Let’s Do It Again.
Well, that was fun!
Last week I sent out a call for people who’d be willing to talk about test anxiety for an article I’m writing for Time magazine. To my surprise I got dozens of thoughtful replies from readers who had lots to say on the subject. I enjoyed the exchanges so much that I’d like to do it again.
Last week on Time.com, I wrote about the critical importance of third grade—about how kids who are not reading proficiently by this point in their academic career will likely continue to fall farther and farther behind, owing to what education researchers call “the Matthew effect”—that is, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. (Read the article here.)
I’d like to hear from you about what you think about this phenomenon. Have you seen it unfold in real life? Do you know a student who read poorly in third grade who managed to make up the difference later on? Do you have ideas about how we can intervene at this critical point to turn a vicious cycle into a virtuous one?
Please email me at email@example.com to share your thoughts. At the end of the week I’ll post excerpts from the most interesting messages (only with your permission, of course). Can’t wait to hear from you!