While No Child Left Behind continues to be underfunded, and Race to the Top may reward schools in affluent communities, please consider that the goal that all students read by 8th grade may not be viable, as one-fifth of the population has a learning difference and might require more time.
Further, mainstream and special education students tend to learn best when educators match the way they teach with the way students learn. In fact, Harvard Medical School and others have proven that the arts such as music and exercise increase learning ability, validating maintaining physical education, recess, and arts classes in the core curriculum.
Hilda Coyne, Baltimore
The writer is past national chair for learning disabilities for the National Association for Developmental Education.