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[Susan notes: Excellent! Bombastic and bloated columnists need to be challenged, particularly when they don't bother to find out anything about the subject. Krashen does this--economically and expertly.]

Submitted to Padadena Star-News but not published
08/04/2005

To the editor




Re: Effort to address education may shed light on

solutions, August 4





Peter Schrag claims that whole language and bilingual

education have “failed to generate … improvements …”.

Schrag has not been doing his homework.



In my own publications, I have concluded that when

whole language is compared to skills-based methods,

children in whole language do as well on tests of

“skills,” and do as well or better on tests of

reading.



A recently published study by Robert Slavin and Alan

Cheung showed that children in bilingual programs

consistently outperformed those in all-English

alternatives on tests of English reading.



Schrag may disagree with the research, but he should

not ignore it.



Stephen Krashen, Ph.D., Member, Executive Board, National Association of Bilingual Education


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