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FRONT PAGE  |  9/17/2019
FRIDAY, OCT 16, 2009  |  7 comments  |  1 commentary
U.S. illiteracy: Why Johnny still can't read
By the time he was 17, Antonio Rocha had bounced among 11 New York City schools and was reading at a first-grade level.

It wasn't until he told school officials "I want a lawyer!" that things began to change.

Administrators say they never "knowingly" placed him into inappropriate classes or schools. They say Rocha "had chosen to give up on his own education" by rarely showing up to classes, according to a transcript of the hearing included in Fertig's book. But Fertig's account indicates Rocha floundered for years in a system that was simply overwhelmed.

Hanging out in lower Manhattan one September morning in 2001, Rocha, then 12, witnessed the World Trade Center attacks from three blocks away and vowed to join the military. But five years later, he could still barely do simple work. ...


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Susan | Internet  Find all comments by Susan
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. - George Orwell

and . . . failure is success

see recommended reading at

[URL=http://www.themoneymasters.com]]]www.themoneymasters.com[/URL]

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John Yurich USA | USA  Find all comments by John Yurich USA
fuzzy logic wrote:
I have read Why Johnny Can't Read (1959?) and Why Johnny Still Can't Read (1974?) by Rudlof Flesch and I am convinced--the reason why many kids can't read from an early age is because of the absence of teaching PHONICs.
Correct that the absence of teaching phonics is the reason why Johnny Still Can't Read. I am very proficient at reading because I was taught phonics.
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News Item10/17/09 3:54 PM
fuzzy logic | lab  Find all comments by fuzzy logic
Mike wrote:
RC classification is not relevant to the news item subject, Jim. Forget the rules?
Maybe Goo Rugh wasn't around to help him do his thinking.

Keeping to the topic at hand, so-called educationists insist that teaching the 44 sounds (phonemes) of the English 26-letter alphabet is cruel and outdated.

I was trained in Remedial Reading when I worked in PS and what a waste of time that was. Putting words on flashcards and having kids "repeat after me" does NOT teach kids how to CIPHER on their own.

For anyone interested, there are several organizations who champion the phonics method and whose websites you can download for free the 44 phonemes to teach your child. If you work in PS, do NOT let anyone know you are using phonics. I learned that the hard way!

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News Item10/17/09 3:17 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Jim Lincoln wrote:
Ah, it sounds like more Christian (not parochial! q.v., [URL=http://www.johnankerberg.org/Articles/roman-catholicism/RC1105W3.htm]]]Should Roman Catholicism really be classified as a Christian religion? -- No.[/URL]) and home schooling, [URL=http://www.nchea.org/]]]Encouraging and supporting Christian families who educate their children at home[/URL].
RC classification is not relevant to the news item subject, Jim. Forget the rules?
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Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Ah, it sounds like more Christian (not parochial! q.v., [URL=http://www.johnankerberg.org/Articles/roman-catholicism/RC1105W3.htm]]]Should Roman Catholicism really be classified as a Christian religion? -- No.[/URL]) and home schooling, [URL=http://www.nchea.org/]]]Encouraging and supporting Christian families who educate their children at home[/URL].
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fuzzy logic wrote:
I have read Why Johnny Can't Read (1959?) and Why Johnny Still Can't Read (1974?) by Rudlof Flesch and I am convinced--the reason why many kids can't read from an early age is because of the absence of teaching PHONICs.
And a general unwillingness to use a dictionary to help them with words they don't understand, mostly learnt from their parents.
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fuzzy logic | lab  Find all comments by fuzzy logic
I have read Why Johnny Can't Read (1959?) and Why Johnny Still Can't Read (1974?) by Rudlof Flesch and I am convinced--the reason why many kids can't read from an early age is because of the absence of teaching PHONICs.
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