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Freeing the Angel

‘You must understand, sir, that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between. This is a sharp time, now, a precise time – we live no longer in the dusky afternoon when evil mixed itself with good and befuddled the world.’ Arthur Miller, The Crucible

I refuse to let anyone label me as ‘anti phonics’ or as a ‘phonics denier’. My goal has always been to share useful methods with teachers. So, for the avoidance of doubt: Phonics is a very effective method for teaching the majority of children to decode written language and all teachers should know how to use it properly. However, I do have concerns and questions about the current policy of mandatory systematic synthetic phonics. I refuse to be silenced in expressing these concerns and questions, no matter how vociferous my critics. Why? Well because…

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