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The 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...

Literacy Rates - Nationwide

The following graphs represent literacy rates in the United States. Notice that in fourth grade only one third of students read well, leaving one third struggling, and the remaining third functionally illiterate. By eighth grade some of the students who were illiterate in fourth grade have become struggling readers, but...

Minnesota Literacy Statistics

" Reading is the key to everything. Teaching children to read is a fundamental moral obligation of the society. That 27 percent are at serious risk of crippling illiteracy is an outrageous scandal." Garrison Keillor 63 percent of Minnesota's fourth graders are NOT proficient in reading. [1] 27 percent of...

We Need to Talk about Reading!

English speaking countries are failing our students in first and second grade. More than 60% of our students, in all grades, are struggling with reading! 38% of 4th graders are functionally illiterate. 68% of eighth graders read below grade level. Only 10% of adults are highly proficient readers. We need...

The Science of Reading

The English-speaking world needs to talk about reading. It is not right that 68% of our students read below grade level in 8th grade and 37% are functionally illiterate. There is no excuse. We have the scientific and linguistic knowledge to solve this problem. Functional MRI studies are uncovering amazing...

How Reading Relates to Math and Science

The state of the Union, the news, everyone seems to be talking about how the United States is falling behind in math and science education. We have made huge efforts to push forward in math, creating honors math programs and funding science classes, but we are missing the root of...

Our Dream to Teach All Students How to Read

Unless something changes: Of the nation's 57.5 million K-12 students, 12.65 million will be functionally illiterate as adults. 27.6 million of these students will not be proficient in basic literacy skills. What will it take to change the direction of reading and spelling education in the United States today? The...

The National Reading Panel and The Logic of English

The National Reading Panel (NRP) was commissioned by Congress in 1997 to evaluate the research literature and determine what is known about effective methods to teach reading. The panel screened over 100,000 studies related to reading, held regional hearings, and reviewed the testimony of teachers, parents, and researches. The report...

Literacy Crisis Statistics

Findings of the NRP on Phonics

Following is a small section of a document from the National Reading Panel (NRP) discussing the findings of the NRP related to phonics education. We include it here to highlight the section on phonics. It is taken from the document Report of the National Reading Panel: Teaching Children to Read...

How Torture Reading Helped Denise Discover The Logic of English

As I have spoken around the country, I have discovered a pervasive affliction: English spelling appears inconsistent, illogical, and for some impossible. This ache resides not only within our schools: public, private, and home, but within the hearts of professionals who cannot spell, parents who cannot answer their children's questions,...