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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
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Published by Free Press
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Mar 28, 2010 Hava rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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