Good. There has been at least some criticism of the Reading Recovery Programme which has been featured so favorably on the BBC and is being funded in schools in order to help slow readers catch up.
Autonomous home educators all the while have looked on in dismay at such programmes. They shake their heads at the thought of all that unnecessary effort, all that dreadful labelling, all that wasted time when a child could be doing something so much more constructive. They know from considerable experience now, that if you leave a child alone with the necessary tools (Club Penguin, Runescape, a computer manual, a Star Wars compendium, MSN, the occasional pointer about letter sounds), and then wait until he is ready, the child will shoot through the early stages of reading and become extremely competent very quickly. And he won't have wasted his time in the interim: he will have been learning other things, through conversation, or through visual sources, direct engagement with stuff and he won't have become bored and disheartened or labelled as a failure.
We've seen this happening over and over again now. Children who have been assessed in the school system as having severe dyslexia, completely unable to read and write, come out of school, are left alone and are then doing Open University courses only a couple of years later. No pressure to read in the interim. They just do it WHEN THEY'RE READY.
And yet put an ignorant LA inspector in on a family who has no diagnosis for their child and who would strongly resist the labelling of their child, and like as not this child will be forced to be returned to school and plopped on some dreadful reading recovery programme that they know is redundant.