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New Reading Teachers Should Pass a Reading Test

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Tue, 04/10/2012

That method is called decoding, the shorthand word for the scientifically tested techniques for teaching children the relationships between symbols and sounds, often just called phonics. Reformers have fought for generations to have decoding skills taught systematically and directly, but schools of education will have none of it. Instead, the education establishment prefers to teach beginning readers to guess at the identification of a written word using its context -- the so-called whole-language approach. The people who run education schools hate the “code” because they say it requires a repetition of boring exercises -- “drill and kill” -- turning children off and discouraging them from “reading with meaning.” There has never been evidence for this view, however.

Transforming Teaching: Connecting professional responsibility with student learning

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Thu, 12/01/2011

The time has come to respond boldly to a fundamental shift in the mission of American public schools.

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What we don’t know about education can hurt

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Sun, 03/07/2010
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Two recent revelations make it clear: We don’t know much about what works in education.The first revelation is no secret to anyone who’s been a teenager. According to sleep researchers at the Mayo Clinic, adolescents require at least nine hours of sleep to fully function, and with circadian rhythms changing to keep many teens up until 11 p.m. or later, that wake-up call comes far too early.

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