Phonics, Not Whole Word, Is Best for Teaching Reading - The Atlantic


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A magic book’s method has taught kids of all socioeconomic levels nationwide how to read, fast, for 50 years. Yet the ed school world considers it controversial…
5 days ago by leonbarnard
After tracking nine ways of teaching reading on 75,000 children, Siegfried Engelmann found the best was “phonics”: “teaching children how to sound words out, letter by letter,” as opposed to viewing “words as single chunks.” The “children start by uttering the sounds in sequence—p, ih, g” and then learn to “say it fast.” Coupled “with a tightly scripted format emphasizing repetition and student participation,” a system called Direct Instruction, Engelmann got 4-year-olds “reading as proficiently as 8-year-olds”
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Isabel Pavia / Getty Now that it’s summer, I have a suggestion for how parents can grant their wee kiddies the magic of reading by Labor Day: Pick up Siegfried…
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"As Seidenberg describes in his book, nationwide the phonics and whole-word camps have clashed over and over again, such that some districts use one method and some the other, with many alternating between the two. Some, of course, combine the approaches. But given Engelmann’s findings, this back-and-forth is like a pendulum swing among doctors between penicillin and bed rest. Penicillin is clinical and one-size-fits-all; bed rest allows for improvisation and feels right."
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A magic book’s method has taught kids of all socioeconomic levels nationwide how to read, fast, for 50 years. Yet the ed school world considers it controversial…
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5 weeks ago by davegullett