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Phonics Denialism and Rational Debate

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Scenes From The Battleground

Every so often somebody challenges me for using the term “phonics denialist” to describe people who deny the evidence on phonics. The objection is normally one of the following:

  1. It’s an insult.
  2. It’s an ad hominem argument.
  3. It’s unfair to use it to describe people who claim to accept some use of phonics (but ignore the evidence).

Part of the reason I use the term is that it would be unwieldy, particularly on twitter, to write out “people who deny the evidence on phonics” every single time I refer to people who deny the evidence on phonics. This would be worse, if one was to take the last point seriously and write out “people who deny the evidence on phonics but accept some use of phonics” every time. I have a similar dilemma on Twitter (or when writing the title for a blogpost) if I find that “advocates of progressive…

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