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[Susan notes: Here's a stinging letter suggesting newspaper editors try reading the research before editorializing on it.]

Published in Willamsport Sun-Gazette
06/01/2003

To the editor



I suggest that you read the entire 52-page Camilli, Vargas, and Yurecko report, The Fragile Link Between Science and Federal Education Policy. If you read the report carefully, the June 29th editorial would read slightly different.



The following quotes from the researchers do not entirely support your editorial point of view.



"If the NRP results are taken to mean that effective instruction in reading should focus on phonics to the exclusion of other curricular activities, instructional policies are likely to be misdirected." (p. 52) and "Program administrators and teachers need to understand that while "scientifically-based reading research" supports the role of phonics instruction, it also supports a strong

language approach that provides individualized instruction." (p. 52)



In the future, it might be prudent to read the original research before going to print with misinformation and/or half the facts.

Michael Dunne


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