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[Susan notes: Three cheers for Steve Krashen, who keeps calling the "reading scientologists" on their false statements.]

Published in Newsday

To the editor

Diane Ravitch's essay ("Chancellor's new reading program is unproven," Feb. 10) is one of many recent claims that the reading method mandated for New York City by Chancellor Klein has not been scientifically validated, and that approaches that emphasize intensive and systematic phonics instruction have. Not so.

Elaine Garan of California State University has pointed out that studies really show that intensive phonics training only helps

children read words aloud that are presented in lists, not in meaningful texts. Intensive phonics instruction has very little impact on tests of reading comprehension after grade one. The claim

that methods using heavy phonics have been scientifically validated is false.

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Stephen Krashen

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