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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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      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.

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

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