Even this 7th grade teacher says Lowery is "on the right track."
As long as he’s being exposed to words, which Lowery says he is — through books being read to him and conversation — he should be able to develop into a fine reader.
This commenter points out that different countries have different education styles.
He wrote that kids in South Africa who start school at the age of seven have no trouble catching up to the skill levels of kids in other countries.
Maybe the cultural pressure that's put on parents in some countries to start kids reading early isn't all that helpful.
This person learned to read at the age of six and seems to have had quite a successful career and life thus far!
Maybe Lowery made the right decision.
Or not. While there were many comments of support, there were also many detractors.
This person seems to think he’ll be at the bottom of the class if Lowery doesn’t teach him to read on his own.
Many of the critical comments made the same point.
There’s no reason that a 5-year-old couldn’t learn everything that Lowery lays out in her post as well as learning to read.
This is not to diminish the importance of all the lessons that Lowery is focusing on — those are all essential. But so is reading. And not simply to give him a leg up in kindergarten.