MY mother is the person who taught me to read, BEFORE I ever stepped foot into a kindergarten. I also knew how to count, recite (obviously) the alphabet and all sort of other things anybody would reasonably expect from a child who attended preschool in the seventies.<quoted text>
So you went to college and read about teachers. Who taught you how to read? Probably some really stupid person.
You probably don't remember the whole NEW math and teaching (which include, but not limited to teaching us to spell phonetically instead of correctly, the metric system (which screwed up a ton of kids) and letting students learn at 'their' own pace (which NEVER works), debacle of the mid 1970's, I was, unfortunately, one of the students they 'experimented' on. If my Mother hadn't taught my brother and I at home I'd have been lucky to graduate high school.
Teachers and school districts, can and have, been detrimental to students learning...I appreciate that not all students are teachable, and some just don't care, or have parents who don't care, but it's YOUR job to make sure they at least learn the basics (FOUNDATIONS) of reading, writing, spelling and math. There is no excuse for failure to do so!