Teacher/blogger, Greg Ashman, explains:
The Reading Recovery moral dilemma
https://gregashman.wordpress.com/2018/1 ... l-dilemma/
There has been a debate raging in my Twitter notifications between Dylan Wiliam and, from my perspective at least, everyone else. Wiliam’s position, as I understand it, is that Reading Recovery is an effective intervention for struggling readers that, perhaps more importantly, has been shown to work at scale. Although Wiliam thinks it is based on flawed science, it is better that struggling readers are given access to an intervention that is available now than given nothing at all. Although systematic synthetic phonics is a promising approach that aligns with cognitive science, there is no reason to think it will be quick or easy to either change the way reading is taught in schools or develop and deliver systematic synthetic phonics interventions to remedy poor reading instruction. Why let the best be the enemy of the good?