PHONICS TALK: The Dorbooks Newsletter
Volume 77 ~ May 2016
by Dolores G. Hiskes

PHONICS TALK: The Dorbooks Newsletter
Vol. 77 - May 2016
by Dolores G. Hiskes
Phonics Talk Vol. 77 — May 2016




The new report by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP - often called “The Nation’s Report Card”) is out, urgently reminding us of the crises in U.S. education with just 37 percent of all 12th graders making the grade in reading and 25 percent in math. Only seven percent of African- American students scored proficient or better in math, and 17 percent proficient or better in reading.

Not only are these troublesome statistics on their own, but what’s even
worse is that the U.S. continues to lag behind other countries, putting our
nation’s well-being and economic security at risk. As our nation approaches
a major presidential election it is imperative that we keep education reform
at the top of the list!

How can we begin to think or vote intelligently if we read *good news* for
*God knows,* *implicitly* for *imbecility,* or *delinquency* for *delicious*?
(*Solomon or Salami,* The Atlantic Monthly, November 1959)




The following letter was first sent to me and posted in the May 2012 Phonics-
Talk newsletter, and I recently received an update to it. Here is the original letter,
and the update follows:

*Dolores, I just had to share with you the most wonderful Mother's Day gift
I ever had. Jimmy went to Walmart with me to shop and went running to the
cards. He usually looks for a colorful card with child-like pictures with no idea
of what the card says. He found what he was looking for and told the lady not to
let me see this card.

*He gave me the card on Mothers' Day and said, 'Mom you know I have dyslexia and
how hard reading has been for me. You know how hard we have worked this year.
Okay, now open your card:

This is a story about a kid with a Mom who believes in him and
has taught him about important stuff, like chasing his dreams and
trusting his heart. It's a success story and it was written by you.
Happy Mothers' Day with love, from your son.'

*It was all I could do to read through this card. I had no idea the impact he had
made on his own self! We love Dewey's words of advice as well. Every day Dewey is
there, encouraging us, or just breaking the tension. It's strange how a paper worm
can become such a friend to someone!

*The point of this letter is to tell you HAPPY MOTHERS' DAY from myself to you.
This story would not have been possible without your gracious help. How wonderful
you must feel knowing that you have made the difference in so many lives!*

(Now here’s the update:)

*Hello, I am not sure if you remember my reaching out to you several years ago
about my son Jimmy. He had very bad dyslexia and you and your book allowed
him to learn how to read.

*He graduates from high school next month and is already accepted into our
local college. College! This was something I didn’t think was going to be in his
future. But, since I saw your book and spoke with you, I knew this was going to
help him!

*He READS and actually enjoys reading! His test score on reading and comprehension
for college was ABOVE AVERAGE!

*Once again, a simple thank you ISN”T enough for what you did to impact my
now-grown son!*

No wonder I love what I do so very much! What joy and satisfaction these letters
brought me . . .

I hope you all enjoy this special day as much as I intend to. The merry month of
May will be busy for us, as we have two birthdays and a graduation to celebrate.
(My husband and daughter were born on the same day!) And our grandson
graduates from college.

We will toast Johnny in absentia, raising our glass to a wonderful husband and
father who is no longer with us.

Think of this: today is the oldest you’ve ever been, yet the youngest you’ll ever be.
So remember to enjoy this day, and this life . . . while they last.

Happy Mothers’ Day to everyone!


Copyright Dolores G. Hiskes 2016
May be reprinted in entirety with reference to author




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