If you teach reading or are learning to teach it in teacher’s college, you need to be aware of what Robert Pondiscio calls Reading Wars II. I’ll be returning to this issue quite frequently as I have already begun to formulate responses, but please read this article to get an initial perspective.
If phonics vs. whole language was Round One of the reading wars, the new battle is shaping up to be reading strategies vs. content knowledge, says Dan Willingham at Britannica Blog.
If you teach or care about kids learning to read, please read this post. By the way, the reading theorists remind me a lot of the “mathematicians” in my earlier blog post trying to prove that 14X7 = 25. Sometimes a look away from the theory and at reality can have a big effect.