[Susan notes: You don\'t have to live in Florida to be able to use this argument.]
Phonics Not Solution To (non-existent) Reading Crisis
Gov. Bush is disturbed that 47 percent of fourth graders in Florida read below grade level ("Governor: Teacher colleges fall short," Feburary 23). "Grade level" simply means average, the 50th percentile. Thus, 50 percent of fourth graders in the US read below the national average, by definition. In Florida, only 47 percent do. This means Florida's fourth graders read slightly better than fourth graders in other states. There is no reading crisis in Florida.
Stephen Krashen, Ph.D.
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