By Sharen Hausmann
A new school year is underway and with it brings continued hope and excitement, particularly for the youngest of learners.
For many children though, that excitement is replaced by nervousness -- they are not ready for school.
By most national estimates, about a third of the children who are starting school aren’t ready. Unfortunately, by the time they reach third grade, many of these students will still be falling short of what their schools expect them to be learning.
As they make their way through grade school, middle school, and high school, many under-achieving youngsters will continue to lag behind what their classmates are achieving and their schools are requiring. Worse yet, they will fall far short of what the job market will be demanding at a time when the new economy places a premium on high skills and the ability to adapt to new technologies.