Re: Scientific American article-Hoodwinked on fonics
- Subject: Re: Scientific American article-Hoodwinked on fonics
- From: Monty Neill <monty@FAIRTEST.ORG>
- Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2002 12:47:02 -0500
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Perfetti is a known and I think respected scientist. He has done research on
phonemic awareness in kids -- which is different than mandated prescripted
phonics instruction. I have not read the article you mention....
Foorman has written on learning disabilities and claimed in a few articles
that direct instruction in phonics is the way to address these. That sort of
evidence was the "science" behind the Reading Report which I have not read
(but the articles around in Phi Delta Kappan are I think quite powerful, and
the defenders of the reading report, including from the Committee that
signed it, seem to have very weak arguments in defense). I would not trust
I do not know the other authors.
I was told by a state superintendent who was at a US gov't sponsored
"reading" session that announced itself as "scientific" and as the "post
reading wars" approach of combining the best of all aspects, and it was (he
said) a complete PR job, thorougly one-sided, for direct phonics
instruction. That's what the gang in charge of the ed dept now wants...
From: Sean and Mary Obrien <sobrien@COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2002 6:25 AM
Subject: Scientific American article-Hoodwinked on fonics
>There is an article in the March,2002 issue of Scientific American
>that claims that phonics IS the scientific reading method and debunks whole
>language. The article isn't available online. My scientist partner in crime
>and her scientist husband are very upset. Message below. Anyone know these
>> Like my message line? I'm writing this e-mail because I know if I call
>> talk too long.
>> I spot read the article - it is religious-right guys. The place the NRP
>> high regard in the article. the article is titled "How Should Reading be
>> Taught" - March 2002 Scientific American by Keith Rayner, Barbara R.
>> Foorman, Charles A. Perfetti, David Pesetsky and Mark S Seidenberg.
>> We need to all write the Scientific American and notify them that they
>> been hoodwinked by the same guys who don't want evolution taught in
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