Our public schools are flat-out incapable of teaching your kids, folks! When are parents going to get that through their heads? We like to sneer at France and other industrialized countries, but you can hand any kid over there any kind of document and they can read it; they may not understand all the words, but they can read right through it. There is no reason why average American 9-yr-olds can't read. It isn't dyslexia, it isn't a learning disability, it's bad teaching. Most parents don't even know their kids are struggling in school. Well, listen up, Parents! Hand your kid something he hasn't seen before and ask him to read it. If you've been depending on the schools and haven't been contributing yourself, he probably can't read it. So WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? Nothing, right? Yeah. That's the problem. Just keep doing what you're doing and you'll keep getting what you're getting. And your kids are going to pay.