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Why Our Children Can't Read and What We Can Do about It

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Chances are, if you can read this book, you're lucky. Even so, you may be reading it less well than you could. The fact is, you probably learned to read the wrong way, but somehow you've managed to get by, even do well. Many children and adults are not so lucky.In America today, 43 percent of our children test below grade level in reading. Among adults, 42 million are func ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published by Free Press (first published June 25th 1998)
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Mar 01, 2009 Gabi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a student in Elementary Education, I chose to read this book to better my understanding of how children learn to read. It really angers me to think that the whole language approach is still in use today, and I hope that it won't be in effect for much longer...I believe every teacher of reading should check into this book, definately.
Mar 08, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous! If you have a child who is struggling in school, especially with reading, this book will provide you with valuable insight.
Mar 28, 2010 Hava rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teachers or parents whose child cannot read
Recommended to Hava by: Core Knowledge program
This is a pretty intense book about how to teach reading. If you're looking for a simplistic, everyone-can-do-it teaching method, this isn't it. But, if it were easy to teach reading to all students, then there wouldn't be nearly as many cases of "dyslexia" in America today. English is hard - I think everyone knows that. We're a melting pot, our language reflects that, and thus any "rules" that the teacher tries to put into place fall apart quickly when kids try to read the irregular words that ...more
May 04, 2014 Dabeyta rated it it was amazing
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This book does a great job of explaining the reading strategies students often use (and that teachers often teach) that lead to reading failure for many of our children. It discusses how most teachers do not know how to teach children to read or write. Without understanding how the English written code was developed, many assume that writing is based on letters. The author argues that this is all backwards. She contends that the English writing system is based on sound, that there are 42 sounds ...more
Feb 11, 2015 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent resource on the reading task, builds phoneme awareness as basic block of how to teach.
I really enjoyed the new insights this book shared on current techniques to teach reading, and why/how those ways aren't very successful. The author then shares the phonographic system, how it works and how better results are achieved with this method. Since I have used the method as a reading tutor, and have seen its successes, I am glad this book is out there.
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Oct 30, 2011 Jeff Deck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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