Content-type: text/html ~ Stephen's Web ~ A Bilingual Educator’s Critique of the Science of Reading (SoR) Movement, by Jill Kerper Mora, Ph.D.

Stephen Downes

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The intent of this article is to critique the Science of Reading (SoR) Movement, showing it "seeks to politicize rather than professionalize the teaching of reading and writing in the public schools." A good example is the practice of 'cueing' - "prompting students to draw on context and sentence structure, along with letters, to identify words" - now banned in three states by SoR advocates. They want students to use phonics alone (which, in the face of words like 'bow' and 'read', is ridiculous). Additionally, "The purpose of this analysis is to empower teachers to combat the abuse of the term 'science' and to respond with knowledge and expertise to false claims and misrepresented research from the SoR Movement." Good article, quite long, but well-referenced and (for those willing to take the time) an effective rebuttal of SoR.

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