Tag: phonics

Adventures in Literacy: Why your kid’s teacher needs professional development.

Adventures in Literacy: Why your kid’s teacher needs professional development.

I’m about 30 years late to the phonics wars, but apparently there’s still plenty to discuss. In my last post on literacy and curriculum, I was having brain-melt over the lack of phonics instruction in schools.  Balanced literacy, critics told me (or I read), was just phonics-less whole language and everything is terrible.  Meanwhile, my…

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“The children still cannot read.” How I became convinced that curriculum is an equity issue.

“The children still cannot read.” How I became convinced that curriculum is an equity issue.

At the 2019 Education Writers Association National Conferece, Freeman Hrabowski, president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County said that taking down Confederate monuments, and renaming dorms is “great.” He said it in such a way though that implied a “but” was coming.  And it did.  Symbolic gestures are “great” he explained, but they are aren’t…

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