What Parents Should Know About "Whole Language" and Other Pedagogical Nonsense

By:  Sam Blumenfeld
03/22/2012
       
What Parents Should Know About "Whole Language" and Other Pedagogical Nonsense

When parents are told that their child is having a “reading problem” in primary school, they usually accept the teacher’s explanation that little Johnny or Suzie have some sort of learning disability. The fact that these little rambunctious kids came to school having taught themselves to speak their own language is proof positive that they don’t have a learning disability.

When parents are told that their child is having a “reading problem” in primary school, they usually accept the teacher’s explanation that little Johnny or Suzie have some sort of learning disability. The fact that these little rambunctious kids came to school having taught themselves to speak their own language is proof positive that they don’t have a learning disability. In fact they are quite learning able. Children who teach themselves to speak their own language virtually from birth are little dynamos of language learning. And when they enter school, no one expects them to suddenly have a learning problem. It doesn’t make sense, unless you understand what is being done to them in that school.
 
Sadly to say, it is the teacher who has a teaching disability. That poor teacher graduated from a teacher’s college where her professors taught her to teach reading by the whole language method, and she was also told that some children will never to learn to read because there is something wrong with these children, not her teaching method. Also, she has not been told that there was a time, not too long ago, when every child learned to read in a public school. (I’m old enough to prove it.) Her knowledge of educational history is nonexistent. What she knows is only what her professors have told her. And they’ve no doubt warned her about people like this writer, who are charlatans getting rich by spreading disinformation about public education.

But how are parents to know that they are being deceived by this very lovely teacher who truly wants the best for their children? She doesn’t even suspect that her professors deliberately deceived her, because she assumes that they are intellectually and morally honest and would never miseducate a young teacher.

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Sam Blumenfeld  (photo)

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