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Reading choices narrow for schools with federal aid

Ohanian Comment: The headline to this article is wrong: It says Reading choices narrow for schools with federal aid. Nope, they disappear. He who pays the piper calls the tune. One might ask the reporter why the notion of kids actually reading books in school is termed radical.

By Teresa Méndez

The start of the school year brought a radical new reading curriculum to schools across New York City. Teachers carved out pockets of time so their students could curl up with well-loved children's books slipped off the shelves of their classroom libraries.

And phonics lessons that relied on simple texts - "Nat and the rat sat on the mat" - to teach children how sounds correspond with letters, were balanced with a focus on teasing out meaning from complex sentences.

Then, earlier this month, the city's education department abruptly decided to abandon its nascent curriculum in 49 struggling elementary schools. In its place - a more traditional phonics program. By doing this, the city hopes to qualify for $34 million in federal funding. . . .

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— Teresa Mendez
Reading choices narrow for schools with federal aid
Christian Science Monitor
2004-01-29
http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0129/p12s02-legn.html


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