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Phonics: myths and alternatives

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A Charter for Primary Education

 

Trust teachers – not the phonics fundamentalis
–>Trust teachers not the phonics fundamentalists.

England is one of the few countries where politicians dictate to teachers how they should teach. Why do they think they know best?

A BBC News report has just highlighted the damage which results from following Government rules on teaching reading. It quotes the claim by Andrew Davis (Durham University) that a strict diet of phonics could damage children who are already on their way to reading.

 

It isn’t only the most advanced who will be harmed. Many children have never had the chance to enjoy picture books at home. The phonics fundamentalists want to deprive them of books until they have learned to pronounce the letters and blend them into words.

 

Andrew Davis argues strongly that reading is making sense out of print, not just pronouncing the letters.

 

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