Some private schools in New York City, all of which are allowed to set their own curriculum, are not teaching reading until first grade or later. The decision is based on the premise that kindergarten should be a social rather than academic year and that early reading does not predict future success, but some parents disagree. "I don't think any child should ever be told that they should wait to learn," one parent said, "anymore than a child should be placed in an environment where the pace is too quick for them."

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