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Reid Lyon Speaks Out on Whole Language and Open Court

"The way we went down the road to whole language is really a story of stupidity."

Reid Lyon
Children of the Code, February 2004

--Reid Lyon is research psychologist and the Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch within the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institute of Health (NIH). He also serves as an advisor to President George W. Bush on issues related to child development and education research and policies.

Mona Baker: What reading program do you recommend?

Dr. Lyon: I don't recommend any. Can't do it. We're not allowed to recommend any. What I can tell you is the ones that do well in clinical
trials. With kids below the 30th percentile the Open Court series has been the best we've seen to date.

Dr. Lyon: We're entering a period in education where Congress is asking me whether we have enough background data . . . to determine malpractice in teaching. Malpractice is defined by a departure from known fact in the treatment of human beings when, in fact, the data exists to do it in a more effective way.

-- speech at a conference sponsored by the Charlotte, NC Chamber of Commerce, January 19, 2001

— Reid Lyon
Children of the Code


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