The Great Reading Disaster: Reclaiming Our Educational Birthright

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  • Copyright: 2007-10-01
  • Publisher: Ingram Pub Services

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By the late 1980s half the nation's children were receiving eleven years of progressivist schooling that failed to give them even the elementary basis of education that was completed by the age of seven in earlier days. This great reading disaster was caused by the ?look?say? method of teaching, which presented whole words not individual letters. This book explains the causes and provides the solution to this problem. In 2006, the Secretary of State for Education and Skills has ordered schools to use the phonic method but there seems little evidence that its implications are properly understood or that any serious re-training programme for teachers is being put in place. The authors believe their explanations and recommendations in this book are thus needed just as much as ever.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
Understanding the Great Reading Disaster
Schools for Scandalp. 7
Phonics V The Whole-Word Methodp. 15
Progressivismp. 27
The Explosion of Illiteracyp. 53
The Watchdogs that Failed
Watchdogs Galorep. 73
Teachersp. 77
Teacher Trainingp. 93
Head Teachersp. 109
The Inspectoratep. 113
Local Education Authoritiesp. 117
Central Governmentp. 125
Publishers and the Mediap. 149
Voluntary Organizationsp. 163
Conspiracy Theory?p. 171
In the Struggle for Reform
Reform and Backlashp. 185
Progress towards Phonicsp. 211
Testing; A Pyrrhic Victoryp. 233
Disintegrating Disciplinep. 239
The Price we Payp. 255
The Way Ahead
The Best Way to Teach Readingp. 269
Truly Objective Testingp. 281
Restoring Orderp. 291
Conclusion and Recommendationsp. 301
Postscriptp. 315
Acronymsp. 317
"Step by Step" Materialsp. 319
Bibliographyp. 321
Indexp. 336
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