The dumbing down of black america within the public school system is no laughing matter. Rote learning is what the PSS teaches, which was originally developed for the deaf and dumb.
1. Teach your child the root meaning of words [i.e. canine--dog; feline--cat; boline-cow that sort of thing]
2. Read to your child early on
I have a book called "Triple Your Reading Speed" by Wade E. Cutler. This book teaches you how to group 4-5 words together instead of reading one-word-at-a-time.
A great learning tool! -- http://shopping.yahoo.com/p:Triple%20Your%20Reading%20S...ZWVkBHNsawNib29rcw--
Side Thought--I hope this information is helpful to you...