At this late stage, education researchers are aggressively focusing their attention on finding out why some children and particularly young people – after many years of formal education – do not acquire the language skills at school that would prepare them for success in the world beyond the classroom. They are questioning the education system, individual school, and individual teachers to discover what can be done to support successful language development. Researchers say, it is important to establish the factors that influence linguistic development at school age and beyond.
For my take on this important and critical aspect of education, it is imperative that we get all hands on deck. There needs to be a collaborative effort on the part of all stake holders in education to confront and successfully address the deficiencies in linguistic development in our school age children. There is no reason, that in our modern time, we are that helpless in this very important area of schooling. After all, we have been at it long enough to have sorted out what works for the success of our children.
We know that varying degrees of educational success can be traced in part to factors related to students’ backgrounds. There is ample knowledge that children from socially and economically lacking families are less likely to have a successful educational experience than children from families that have better social and economic experiences. With the doubtless facts before us, the persisting question is this: Why are we doing nothing to change the situation and give the children what they need?