TO: Elementary School Teachers
RE: Something you could do
As we know, teaching kids to read and write who are not fluent in English, not grouped appropriately, not receiving adequate interventions (especially in the 4th and 5th grades), and are square-pegged/round-holed into an inadequate curriculum is difficult. I get it. You're struggling and it's rough going. The seas are choppy and the lighthouse is going unmanned.
Here's the thing: Could you at least ensure that kids can print both capital and lowercase letters correctly? They don't necessarily need to know when each is appropriate -- I'll handle that -- but if you could make sure that when asked to produce a lowercase b, g, j, p, q, r or y for example, they are capable of this grueling academic task.
That'd be swell. Thanks.