by Gaynor Chapman
This is a riveting exposé of US literacy education which is almost identical to the teaching of reading in NZ. Emily Hanford is an award winning journalist and this thoroughly researched podcast is very easy to follow but also shocking because of the large contribution our Marie Clay has made to the reading saga. It has caused a big stir in the US.
The US state education department said in 2019 that 2 out of 3 students who do not become proficient readers will end up in jail or on welfare. Many in our education system who want to keep the status quo, blame socioeconomic factors for our depressing reading scores on international tests, but Emily reveals instead very serious problems with the methods used: namely so called balanced Literacy, which is predominantly whole language reading (context reading rather than direct and explicit sounding out of words by phonics).