Originally Posted by BucEyedPea
Except you're the one who is ignorant. It has nothing to do with my reality, that is what a friend of mine who teaches, also in Boston for over 20 years said to me. He taught all his kids to read before starting school.
Furthermore, you assume much. I didn't homeschool my daughter until last two years of high-school. I did, however, bring her to a tutor who taught in the NY school systems, but had a tutoring firm teaching kids to read at age 3 and 4 with them reading by the six week. ( simple books of course but reading). I started her there at age 4. After that, I learned from her partly also studying the remaining phonic's sounds. I continued to teach my kid before she entered K. It's not hard, it's easy. It just takes time and patience. There are many other parents, aka lay people, who have done the same.
From that experience I tutored for No Child Left Behind as a volunteer for a firm who received a grant. I moved all of my kids up half to a full grade in 4 months.
You're the one who is ignorant. You've bought into the idea it's hard. You think only public school teachers or govt experts can do it. They make a hash of it, but it is how they've been trained.
Then apparently your friend lied or at the very least propped up her earnings. The rest is just your usual high horse drivel. There are crappy teachers, the vast majority are extremely hardworking professionals who are continually seeking best practices to improve a highly fluid instructional setting. Tutoring is admirable, but isn't remotely the same has handling the instructional load of a full class load of children with varying abilities across the curriculum. We actually do a pretty decent job at teaching literacy, and I would grant that with most children it can seem easy. Numeracy concepts are sorely lacking and an area where real reform is needed. That said it has nothing to do with the quality of the teachers or their value for they are paid.
I did not mean to degrade your efforts, but your comments are a shallow reflection of reality at best.