Skip to comments.Why Are We Still Teaching Reading the Wrong Way?
Posted on 10/27/2018 7:17:20 AM PDT by reaganaut1
Our children arent being taught to read in ways that line up with what scientists have discovered about how people actually learn.
Its a problem that has been hiding in plain sight for decades. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, more than six in 10 fourth graders arent proficient readers. It has been this way since testing began. A third of kids cant read at a basic level.
How do we know that a big part of the problem is how children are being taught? Because reading researchers have done studies in classrooms and clinics, and theyve shown over and over that virtually all kids can learn to read if theyre taught with approaches that use what scientists have discovered about how the brain does the work of reading. But many teachers dont know this science.
What have scientists figured out? First of all, while learning to talk is a natural process that occurs when children are surrounded by spoken language, learning to read is not. To become readers, kids need to learn how the words they know how to say connect to print on the page. They need explicit, systematic phonics instruction. There are hundreds of studies that back this up.
But talk to teachers and many will tell you they learned something different about how children learn to read in their teacher preparation programs. Jennifer Rigney-Carroll, who completed a masters degree in special education in 2016, told me she was taught that children read naturally if they have access to books. Jessica Root, an intervention specialist in Ohio, said she learned you want to get children excited about what theyre reading, find books that theyre interested in, and just read, read, read. Kathy Bast, an elementary school principal in Pennsylvania, learned the same thing.
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Is it because there is more money to be made in continuing problems than in solved problems?
Because the job of pubic school teachers is to create good little inctrinated and ignorant socialists, who will vote accordingly one day.
(If unfamiliar with The Frankfurt School, search on it.)
I believe it was Henry Ford who said that he doesn’t want intelligent workers, just read workers.
I think you’ll find that attitude throughout the government. If we had intelligent workers, they would be less likely to be fooled and complain and act when they are being screwed over.
That’s not what the government wants.
And he was right then and just as right now. Phonics is the key. No “science” necessary. Need a real wake-up call? Pick up a set of McGuffey Readers. See if your child is reading at the levels suggested.
Funny, I was able to read before I entered Kindergarten. That was 4 decades ago. I don’t trust public schools to do anything right (except for leftist indoctrination and dumbing-down, they’ve got that down pat).
This must be one of the NYT’s stopped clock moments. :)
The Times is completely out of its mind - it’s starting to look like The Guardian it is so bad.
With modern education, we are now effectively taking fourteen years to do what used to be done in eight. Most college bound students spend two years in remedial classes before doing actual college level work.
Phonics. Not Whole Language. Not Look Say.
Reason 147,196 to homeschool.
Look see type reading probably works if you want to end reading comprehension at Dick and Jane books, but if you want to really know how to read, especially higher level literature, you simply must know phonics.
Not every kid will enjoy reading though. We have four kids. We homeschooled and graduated them all and used the phonics method.
One worked for many years in a library and bookstore. She loves introducing books to kids and is currently going to college for her library science degree. Another works for a Christian book publisher, wants to become a proofreader and has 247 books on her Christmas list. ( she might get three), The other is an aerospace engineer, so I assume he’s pretty fluent at hard reading. The fourth reads well, but has no enjoyment in books. It is what it is.
"Phonics" is the only proper way to learn to read---
“See Jane run”
The aunt of a friend had a stroke and couldn’t read. She was elderly and had been a teacher. She went back to the way she used to teach her students to read, probably in the ‘40s and ‘50s, and taught herself again...to read.
If an immigrant cannot read in their native language, they will find it nearly impossible to read in another language even with learning the basics of that language.
It is because our public school reading programs have been purposely dumbed down in order to produce dumber (and easily influenced) citizenry.
That certainly has something to do with it.
However, the change in technology has meant
that children no longer have to read to learn.
When I grew up, print was the only way information
could be transmitted, now it’s different.
The advent of VR and future systems is going to change
even the way it’s done today. Not necessarily for the better
“What have scientists figured out? First of all, while learning to talk is a natural process that occurs when children are surrounded by spoken language, learning to read is not. To become readers, kids need to ... READ. Not rants on Twitter, but ACTUAL BOOKS.
Sight reading is best, IMO. Why learn something phonetically only to have to correct and relearn it. Seems like a waste of time. Are spelling cops and reading cops at odds with each other? I read some time ago cities were forced to spend $MMs to change all their street signs back to mixed case letters after some nitwit deemed it best to have them printed in all caps. Seems people don’t quickly recognize words in all caps and it was causing problems for drivers.
You mean Fonics ?
“kids need to ... READ.”
And before they can read, they need to be read TO by their parents. All the time. I have a picture of Mom reading “Chicken Little” to me, and a picture of my two cousins and me “reading” the book. It’s upside-down, but we were totally into it. We were two.
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