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Submitted to Christian Science Monitor but not published

To the editor

Reading First Failure is Good News, Not Bad News

Sent to the Christian Science Monitor, November

24, 2008

Reading First has failed again ("Reading program

shows few gains,"

November 24). The Reading First Impact study is

the most recent in a

series of studies showing that the mechanistic

Reading First approach

does not help students understand what they read.

The Monitor thinks this is "sad news." No, it is

good news. It is

very good news for children, who will have much

more lively,

interesting and effective reading programs that

emphasize reading and

understanding interesting stories rather than

doing dull worksheets.

It is very good news for teachers, who will no

longer be prisoners of

a rigid curriculum. It is very good news for

taxpayers, who will no

longer see billions of tax dollars wasted.

It is only sad news for textbook companies.

Stephen Krashen

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