Category: Civilization’s Prize Possession!

WHAT WORKS CLEARINGHOUSE TM Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade  Released in 2016 Recommendation 1. Teach students academic language skills, including the use of inferential and narrative language, and vocabulary knowledge.  Comment: This implies whole word guessing, and “big books” since students have not yet been taught all the Read more…

NRRF Review of Current College Textbooks for Elementary School Reading Teachers

College Textbook Review for Undergraduate Elementary Teachers Reviewer: Robert W. Sweet, Jr., President, The National Right to Read Foundation. www.nrrf.org April 25, 2017 “At the level of the written word, English is one of the most complex languages in the world. Due to this complexity, most English speakers do not know the basic building blocks Read more…

Teacher Prep Review on Reading 2016

Programs Are Demonstrating Significant Progress *SEE THE ENTIRE NCTQ LANDSCAPES REPORT HERE:  http://www.nctq.org/teacherPrep/findings/landscapes.do The release examines 875 undergraduate elementary teacher programs in 396 public and 479 private colleges and universities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. These programs range from the 10 institutions in our sample that prepared a handful of teachers Read more…

A Century of Miseducation of America’s Teachers

Editors Note:  I wrote this article 20 years ago.  I re-read it recently, and it is astounding so little has changed. Illiteracy, especially in our inner cities, remains unacceptably high.  According to the Annie Casey Foundation Kids Count Report, 84% of African American 4th grade students cannot read proficiently.  Hispanic 4th graders don’t fare much Read more…

Criteria for Evaluating Commercial Reading Programs – 2016

The National Right to Read Foundation Criteria for evaluating K – 3 Reading Programs NRRF endorses reading programs that are consistent with the findings of the 2016 Practice Guide of the United States Department of Education (USDOE), What Works Clearinghouse (WWC), and the Report of the National Reading Panel (NRP). The NRP five components of Read more…

How Spelling Supports Reading – Dr. Louisa Moats

How Spelling Supports Reading And Why It Is More Regular and Predictable Than You May Think Dr. Louisa Moats Here is a summary paragraph that is found at the end of Dr. Moats article.  You may read the entire article if you click the link below. Spelling instruction may be old fashioned, but its impor- Read more…

Preventing literacy failure and shifting the whole Bell Curve up

Here is an excellent explanation of what has been happening for a century all over the English speaking world, and why illiteracy is so rampant.  It is time to “shift the bell curve.”  Show this Youtube video to your child’s teacher…watch it together.  Ask WHY this approach is NOT used in YOUR child’s school. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mafVooDom8k Read more…

Sam Blumenfeld – A Lifetime of Service – A Giant Intellect – A Good Friend

Sam Blumenfeld – Remembered For nearly 35 years of the nearly 90 years Sam lived among us, he was my friend.  Sam became a mentor and my teacher in 1983 when I met him at a conference of the Reading Reform Foundation conference in Toronto, Canada.  He was a speaker and his scholarly, gentle, yet Read more…

Five Myths of Phonics – The Logic of English

Five Myths of Phonics This simple word, defined by Merriam Webster as a method of teaching people to read and pronounce words by learning the sounds of letters, letter groups, and syllables, has been at the center of an educational debate that has continued for over a century. The debate has been so fierce, some Read more…

National Research on Reading Instruction: A Fifty Year Summary

RESEARCH FINDINGS IN READING INSTRUCTION ARE SETTLED SCIENCE 1967 Learning to Read: The Great Debate, Jeanne Chall, Harvard University. Findings: A code emphasis tends to produce better overall reading achievement by the beginning of fourth grade than a meaning emphasis. At about the end of the first grade, meaning-emphasis programs tend to affect comprehension and Read more…