Orwell Award Announcement SusanOhanian.Org Home


[Susan notes: This calm refutation of "science based" claims is effective.]

Submitted to Cincinnati Enquirer but not published
07/20/2004

To the editor





"Oregon education professors wield influence with


Bush," July 20, gives false the impression that heavy phonic programs are scientifically based, while other approaches are not. The current emphasis on "systematic, intensive phonics programs" has been criticized by a number of respectable scientists, who argue that scientific evidence actually supports programs that emphasize interesting, comprehensible reading, with a modest amount of phonics instruction.





No Child Left Behind insists on teaching all the major rules of phonics (including many that are very complex with numerous exceptions) in a strict sequence, a view that critics regard as extremist and without scientific support.

Stephen Krashen


FAIR USE NOTICE
This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of education issues vital to a democracy. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information click here. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.