I empathise and fully support your desire to see all children read, and fully concur that their ability or lack thereof in this area can have an influential impact in future academic success. Once again, if we want to see our elementary children succeed in academics, it cannot be divorced from the appropriate ethical context necessary for such success. Thus, I find Slavin's notion of success only being measured in elementary school by reading achievement as somewhat narrowly conceived, although its importance is indisputable. -C.G.

Laura Responds:
I doubt that Slavin was suggesting, nor was I, that success is only measured by reading achievement. The emphasis is on reading because it is quite likely that students who do not successfully learn to read, will not be successful in school or in life. I am not sure what you mean by "divorced from the appropriate ethical context necessary for such success"