[Susan notes: As always, Stephen Krashen reads the research and then explains what that research really means. Even if this letter doesn't get printed, maybe this information will prevent the reporter from being so gullible next time.]
Submitted to News Sentinel Indiana but not published
To the editor
Do children improve in reading when they read out-loud to dogs? (Why a dog may be a young reader's best friend, August 21). A close look at the Tufts study reported in the News-Sentinel shows that the children didn't take a reading test: The test they took measured how many words they could pronounce correctly in one minute. This isn't reading. Reading means understanding what is on the page.
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