I was exceptionally lucky in all aspects of the whole grammar and spelling movement. I went to a very small school (my graduating class consisted of 12 students, counting myself and it was one of the largest in school) so there was more one-on-one time with the teachers. The teachers actually cared whether we learned or not, they didn't pass anyone just to pass them, the students were required to do well enough to earn a passing grade.
BUT, even all that was only part of my life. I grew up in a family of voracious readers. My parents and older brother read to me when I was little and we would often spend evenings with books instead of the TV. We didn't even have cable from the time I was about 8 until I was in high school. I would often go to the library and check out up to 10 books per week. I would purposefully check out books that were above my level because they challenged me. If there was a word I didn't know...well, I had a dictionary. If I didn't understand a sentence, I would either ask a parent or a teacher or re-read the entire paragraph for context clues until I was able to get the gist of it.
Now, all that being said, my Mom works in a local school (not the same one I went to) and she often spends days in the library checking out books. What she told me is that at the beginning of each year, the students are tested and assigned a "reading comprehension level". That I can understand, but those levels are kept on file in the library and the students are not permitted to check out a book that isn't on their level. While, on one hand, I agree with part of that to keep kids from checking out books that are 3 grade levels below them, I guess I don't see what's wrong with letting a kid try to struggle through a book that's a little bit above them.
For example, she said there was one kid who had a reading level of about 3rd grade (this was a teenager) who came in and wanted to check out one of the Twilight books. Because it was above his reading level, she couldn't check it out to him. I suppose I just don't understand that. If he has the desire to read something above his level, why not let him give it a shot? It might encourage him to buckle down and better himself.
LOL, NM, I get tired of people around here that spell phonetically. I mean, the southern accent is hard enough for non-southerners to understand when it's spoken. When it's written? Fat chance of anyone
Anyway, enough of my rantings now LOL.