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Re: “Sandra Stotsky calls for reading-teacher reform

I am a P4 major with emphasis on Special Education at Arkansas State University and I can assure you that I have had more than one class devoted to the teaching of reading. Within these classes, as well as throughout my other classes, I have been repeatedly educated about the importance of phonics. Through my experiences in the teaching program at ASU, though, I have learned that before phonics, one must learn phonemes. So why not a crusade to get the teaching of phonemes back into public schools? Because this claim of Stotsky's isn't even about phonics in the first place. It is obvious that the importance of teaching phonics is still being taught to Arkansas' future teachers. I will bear witness to that fact. What is the true issue that Stotsky would like brought to light because this just can not be the real issue. Also, it is not multiculturalism that is affecting literacy. It is more likely technological advancements that are making it easier to say "lol" than to actually laugh with another person. Similar impairments are evident all over America (not only in Arkansas) in mathematics classes since the introduction of the calculator. Many don't see the importance in knowing how to do long division anymore since it can be done in .1 second with the aid of a computer.

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Posted by Shauna Barnett on 07/09/2012 at 11:28 AM

 

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