“It turns out that reading is much like speaking for kids. Society doesn’t put kids in speaking classes. (Probably that’s only because they virtually always learn to speak before the schools get ahold of them. I guess if one year olds went to school, there would be speaking classes too, together with a full panoply of newly-discovered “speaking disorders.”) A very few unfortunate children have functional speech disorders that require treatment. The overwhelming majority somehow—and no one knows how—teach themselves to talk.
Why do kids learn speech? The fact is, infants are surrounded by a world of humans who communicate through speech. There is nothing children want more than to master that world. Try to stop them! A child’s struggle to learn how to speak is an epic of determination and persistence.”
Free at Last: The Sudbury Valley School by Daniel Greenberg