retty sure we can all agree that the ability to read is important, right?
Well, one mom ignited an Internet storm with her recent Facebook post explaining why she doesn't plan to teach her 5-year-old son to read.
Reactions were swift and intense.
To be fair, this is a story with many sides and no shortage of strong, valid opinions. Was this mom in the wrong? Let's find out.
This is Crystal Lowery.
She describes herself on her Facebook page as a “Comedian, Humorist, Writer” who’s been featured on a variety of parenting and comedy blogs.
Lowery is a stand-up comedian as well and has over 4,000 followers on Facebook.
She generally posts funny jokes and memes about parenting and being a mom, like this one about playing Hide and Seek with her kids.
First and foremost, Lowery is the mom of two adorable kids.
John, who’s five years old (pictured on the right), is the subject of Lowery’s recent Facebook post that went viral beyond belief.
"I'm not teaching my 5-year-old how to read," the post begins.
Then, she explains: “Don’t get me wrong, we read him books all the time. We’ve imagined ourselves in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, and we’re 170 pages into Harry Potter’s Chamber of Secrets. We’re teaching him to enjoy stories, to get lost in characters.
“But we’re not teaching him how to read. Not just yet. He’s too busy learning other things.”
The other things he’s learning? “To be a good sport,” “to build,” “to exercise,” “to take care of things,” “to be creative,” and “to apologize,” among others.
All great lessons to learn at the age of five. But why can’t he learn to read, too? Does one preclude the other?
Of the hundreds of reactions to the post, many were positive.
There’s nothing wrong with fostering all types of learning and creativity in your young child. In fact, there’s everything right with that!
And plenty of kids only learn to read when they get to school. According to this commenter, Lowery is doing the right thing.