Why This Mom Isn't Teaching Her 5-Year-Old Son to Read

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Crystal Lowery/Facebook

One of a parent's most important jobs is to educate. Well before our children enter the school system, parents teach them how to walk, talk, eat, and countless other things. In a time when creativity and worldliness is often placed on the back burner in the name of education, one mom has shared her brilliant take on why she isn't teaching her 5-year-old son to read.


Crystal Lowery is a writer, stand-up comedian, and mother. She sparked tons of interest and garnered plenty of support recently when she made a Facebook post claiming that she wasn't teaching her son to read. 

Obviously, this is an odd statement to make, but Crystal's reasoning is good enough to inspire all parents.

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"Don't get me wrong, we read him books all the time," she writes. "We've imagined ourselves in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, and we're 170 pages into Happy Potter's Chamber of Secrets. We're teaching him to enjoy stories, to get lost in characters. But we're not teaching him to read. Not just yet. He's too busy learning other things."

Crystal Lowery Facebook
Crystal Lowery/Facebook

Crystal's son is only 5 years old, a delicate and crucial age for building exploration skills and stoking the creative flame. In her Facebook post, she details all of the things her son is learning that are just as important as reading, from understanding how to empathize with other people during and after conflicts, to gaining knowledge of the ecosystems of plants and animals by playing outside.

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Crystal's stance on this subject is a controversial one, for sure, but it also makes perfect sense. A 2016 study by the University of Virginia called kindergarten "the new first grade" and found that 80 percent of teachers expect kindergartners to be able to read -- whether or not they're developmentally ready, which not all kids are at age 5. Days filled with school and evenings filled with homework don't always open the door for tons of creativity. While parents everywhere are working to make well-rounded curriculums more common in schools everywhere, we aren't there just yet.

In response to sharing her post, this mom has gotten dozens of positive comments from parents and teachers alike.

mom not teaching son to read

mom not teaching son to read

mom not teaching son to read

As Crystal says in her Facebook post, "There is so much more our children learn that cannot be measured with a standardized test. And though someday his hours will be filled with phonics, and penmanship, and fractions, we aren't worried about all that today. Today he has more important things to learn."

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