USA: 'Can we please stop talking about phonics' by the Right to Read Project

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USA: 'Can we please stop talking about phonics' by the Right to Read Project

Postby Debbie_Hepplewhite » Thu Jul 21, 2022 10:42 pm

Here is a piece describing some of the differences between 'Balanced Literacy' and the science of reading with explicit teaching in foundational literacy:

https://righttoreadproject.com/2022/07/ ... t-phonics/

Can We Please Stop Talking About Phonics?

The discussion about the science of reading and its refutation of Balanced Literacy is often mischaracterized as being all about phonics. It’s not. But when reading researchers evaluated how a popular Balanced Literacy program addresses phonics, fluency, text complexity, building knowledge, vocabulary, and the quality of its supports for English Learners, only the part about phonics made front page news.

So a lot of people have been asking, “Can we stop talking about phonics?” because you’d be hard-pressed to find a primary grade teacher who isn’t already teaching foundational reading skills.

Why does the conversation keep coming back to phonics?

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