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Saturday, February 11, 2023

More "Sold a Story"

 Kristof follows up on the reading wars in the NYT.  New York Times commenters will often say, "But Trump likes phonics!"  "But DeSantis!" The litany of "but children learn to read in different ways," etc... Some say phonics is cheap, so it is promoted for that reason.  Others say it promoted to make money for those selling it. Anecdotal evidence abounds. People will say "all you need to do is read to children." "Poor readers move their lips." "Poor readers sound words out."  Well, yes, if a student in advanced grades is sounding easy words out, then the student is not a good reader, but the alternative would be what, guessing what the word is without using the letters?  

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