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  •  disagree on one point (6+ / 0-)

    Aat the risk of sounding like an old fart, I know scads of people, spouse included, who cannot spell to save their life and completely freeze when they encuounter an unfamiliar word, all victims of "look say" English learning instead of phonics.  They've never heard of "sounding it out."  But best of luck in reclaiming the embarassing school board.

    Oh, for Pete's sake! -8.38, -6.77

    by sow hat on Sun Apr 04, 2010 at 03:11:22 PM PDT

    •  cripes (6+ / 0-)

      That's encounter.  Thus endeth the lecture which makes me look ditzy.

      Oh, for Pete's sake! -8.38, -6.77

      by sow hat on Sun Apr 04, 2010 at 03:13:34 PM PDT

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    •  I agree with that. (3+ / 0-)
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      lirtydies, m00finsan, sow hat

      I have two children, four years apart, and one was taught phonics and the other was not.

      The one who was taught phonics is a vastly better reader. The one who was taught what I laughingly call "sight reading" reads the first three or four letters of a word and guesses what it is. She is often wrong. And it makes her reading experience much less valuable -- and less fun! -- than it could be.

      Phonics is a valuable part of a reading curriculum.

      The rest of the SBOE's suggestions are, for the most part, a lot of nonsense.

      "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

      by Brooke In Seattle on Sun Apr 04, 2010 at 06:58:57 PM PDT

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      •  more on phonics (0+ / 0-)

        Since you have two children, it's possible that one child might not have fared any better with phonics.  It's also possible that the one who learned phonics might have done as well with another method. It's sometimes difficult to sort out cause and effect, and it's also possible that the two teachers had different skills or spent different amounts of time teaching reading.  My objection to the board's decision was that they had an either-or mentality that does not serve education.  The same applies to their decisions in the social studies curriculum.  I repeat that teachers should use whatever method works, and a good teacher will recognize what is working with different learners.

        Candidate for Texas State Board of Education District 5

        by RebeccaBellMetereau on Sat Apr 10, 2010 at 10:20:43 AM PDT

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    •  for clarity (0+ / 0-)

      it's not the school board.

      People often put some amount of care and effort into their decisions about who gets on the school board.  This is for the State Board of Education--a group few people know the function of.  They set the curricula and content of the textbooks, among other things.

      "The Universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it." Marcus Aurelius

      by Mosquito Pilot on Mon Apr 05, 2010 at 04:27:05 AM PDT

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    •  phonics (0+ / 0-)

      Thanks for the good wishes.  In response to your comment, spelling doesn't seem to have that much to do with phonics, since English is one of the least phonetic languages.  This is because of our history, which includes words that were pronounced differently before the great vowel shift.  Also, the ability to spell seems to be a combination of reading a lot and having a natural ability, something like having a good ear in music.  However, many people who read avidly are not good spellers, and some who don't read much happen to be good at spelling.  I say the teacher should use whatever method works for individual learners.  Meanwhile, let's all be glad we have spell check, which catches most misspellings.

      Candidate for Texas State Board of Education District 5

      by RebeccaBellMetereau on Sat Apr 10, 2010 at 10:15:34 AM PDT

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