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Big Brother and the National Reading Curriculum: How Ideology Trumped Evidence
New legislation will transform American public education. Basic to the No Child Left Behind Act and the Put Reading First program is a new and substantial federal intrusion into local curriculum control and teacher autonomy. This intrusion is masked in the legislative mandate for "evidence-based," or "scientific," reading instruction. Beyond the distortions of the findings ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 5th 2002 by Heinemann Educational Books
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I am analyzing the way I teach in light of what I have learned. I will probably continue to teach in much the same way (some of which is prescribed by my District). My blood pressure has reached new highs while I read this book. According to one essay, that was critical of this thinking (& I wasn't aware that this theory even was remotely conceived, it is my fault that my child doesn't go to church and believe the literal truth of the Bible - word for word because I did not teach her to read ...more
A powerful investigation into the origins and nmotivation behind the nationalization of reading. This touches on standardized testing, No Child Left Behind, the great phonics debate, and the push for accountability in public education. A great deal of noise is made about "evidence based" reading strategies, much of that noise having no evidence to back it up. This book explores the real research. Its conclusion, as I have long held, that the best way to help kids read is to give teachers tools a ...more