Archive for Wednesday, July 26, 2000

Questioning Reading Recovery

July 26, 2000

Fortunately the Tonganoxie School Board and administrators recognize the method of reading instruction is failing many students. Unfortunately, though, the adoption of Reading Recovery will not improve reading skills for those that are struggling.

Reading Recovery has not proven to enhance reading skills or to improve abilities.

When Reading Recovery was evaluated by The National Institute of Health, empirically based research, the findings showed Reading Recovery to be far MORE expensive and NOT as effective as other reading interventions.

Reading Recovery does not meet the principles of a balanced reading program. Intensive systematic phonics instruction is recommend by research and is not a component of Reading Recovery programs.

The motivation for future financial gains as a Reading Recovery training center are misguided. Most states, including Ohio, have abandoned this failed program.

The adoption of an intensive, systematic, explicit phonics program will guarantee our children will not be sentenced to a life of illiteracy. Until we use the current scientific researched methods to teach reading, our children will not read well enough to enjoy it.

A child who can read has a chance. A child who can't read is likely to become tomorrow's statistic; juvenile delinquent, minor in possession, truant, drop out, vandal assailant, arsonist. Now we can talk about expensive!

Linda Weinmaster, Lawrence
Kansas state director, National Right to Read Foundation

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