Category: Guest Commentary

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…

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…

Laura D. Stewart, Vice President, Professional Development, Superkids

What We Know About Beginning Reading Laura D. Stewart Vice President, Professional Development–Superkids Zaner-Bloser Research consistently shows that strong readers effortlessly recognize words and link words to their meanings in order to comprehend text. Skilled reading happens so quickly and efficiently that it seems as though words are recognized as whole units. But the evidence Read more…

Dr. Louisa Moats Talks Tough on Reading Instruction Down Under!

Dr Louisa Moats: We need to be outraged Learning Difficulties Australia has just marked its 50th anniversary with a national speaking tour by US literacy expert Dr Louisa Moats. Dr Moats is the author of many influential papers and articles about literacy, and has been a key advocate for better language education for teachers in Read more…

Arrow Education – Pembroke, North Carolina – Another Great Resource!

Another great resource for parents and teachers who care about teaching ALL students to read proficiently. Arrow Educational Products has been creating and distributing phonics and literacy reading materials for the home and school market for the past 12 years. You can use our web based products at our subscription web sites to help your Read more…

Australia – Systematic Phonics Proven To Work…AGAIN!

The way we teach most children to read sets them up to fail PAMELA SNOW AND ALISON CLARKE A new batch of Australian five-year-olds has just started school, eager to learn to read and write. Unfortunately for them, English has one of the most difficult spelling systems of any language, thanks to the way it Read more…