[Susan notes: We should follow Steve Krashen's lead and not let these distortions that roll so easily off editorialist tongues go unchallenged.]
To the editor
USA Today begins its editorial Ride the preschool wave (April 21) with a harmful distortion, the claim that California rejected phonics as a tool for teaching reading and that as a result, test scores plummeted. The quote refers to an action of the California Language Arts Framework committee that met in 1987. First, the committee did not ban phonics, it said only that language arts should be literature-based, hardly a radical statement.
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