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Parents need to help prepare kids

Children at a preschool in South Boston listened during a storytelling event.

Globe file photo/2012

Children at a preschool in South Boston listened during a storytelling event.

TOM KEANE hits upon a seldom observed truth: “Much of what we think of as poor education in city schools really has nothing to do with spending levels, physical plant, or teacher quality. Rather, it’s the students themselves.” (“In mayor’s race, hope for school reform,” Op-ed, Oct. 13).

He only needed to go one step further: It’s the parents who determine how ready for school and learning students are. What’s needed are more parent education programs to prepare children for school.

Jim Blackburn


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