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Posted on 03/26/2002 4:49:50 AM PST by OldeconomybuyerEdited on 04/13/2004 2:40:00 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
THE FORCES that want to dumb down public schools never rest. Failure never cows them; success never hinders them.
After years of producing poor readers, California has returned to recommending phonics-rich reading programs. As more new schools adopt the program each year, reading test scores have risen modestly as a result.
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My kids go to a private Christian school, but because I still pay taxes and because my children's future rests partly on the 90% of kids who DON'T go to private school, it's imperative that ALL parents get involved in this fight. If we can defeat this measure, perhaps we can push even harder.
I think it was Albert Shanker, then-president of the American Federation of Teachers, who said that when the students started paying union dues, then he would start looking out for their interests.
Your comment is just silly. Chaucer is a non-issue for most 1st and 2nd graders--the ones who would use phonics. So are 'real books'. Before they read Chaucer or your 'real books', they have to learn how to read. The evidence is quite persuasive that phonics is a better approach to teaching kids how to read than other theories--whole word, etc.
Phonics is the single best way to teach reading. Yes, there are some words that don't following the rules. Those, to my 5 year old, are "jail words" because they break the words. She knows most of the jail words and has no problem. But 90% of reading comes through repetitive phonics. They shouldn't be thrown into books they don't understand on the theory that eventually they'll just "get it". Basic rules need to be drilled into their head in a fun way.
I am 100% sold on phonics instruction, and I have two kids who love books and love to read to prove it.
Another important point in instilling children a love of reading: parents need to read not only to their kids, but their own books. If kids see parents regularly reading, they will want to read too.
From my experience, 'Whole-language' makes dependent readers, while phonics makes independent learners. "Your mileage may vary." =^)
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