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Published in Education Week
05/21/2003

To the editor



I have been an educator for more than 20 years, primarily at the

elementary level. As I have watched young children develop the ability to read, and those who have struggled to do so, I have realized the importance of good early-reading instruction. That realization took me on an interesting path from the elementary classroom to my present position as teacher-educator at a major

university. Along the way, I have seen dedicated teachers who have worked hard to develop educational philosophies that sustain them

through changes in the popular methods of teaching children to read.



I wish every educator, parent, and politician would read and reflect on the work of Joanne Yatvin. Her Commentary ("I Told You So! The Misinterpretation and Misuse of the National Reading Panel Report," April 30, 2003) is outstanding. It is never easy to swim against the tide, but she and others like her continue to do so in an effort to salvage what we really know about good early-reading instruction.



Effective teachers know what works, and will need the strength of their convictions to see themselves through the rough times ahead. My

plea is that they look carefully at the position taken by people like Ms. Yatvin and Richard L. Allington as it relates to the misuse and

mistakes of the National Reading Panel's report. I am privileged to have the opportunity to work with preservice and in-service educators, and you can bet they will hear both sides of the story.



My thanks to Ms. Yatvin and to Education Week for the informative Commentary.



Donna Fox


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