Saturday, December 25, 2010

Favorite comments of '10: Jennifer on text-to-self connections

(How text to self connections might backfire)

Jennifer


This is so typical of the modern educational complex--they've taken out explicit phonics instruction and high-content material, the two things that actually teach a child to read. And then the thing that they pick to substitute for those efficacious things is not just a massive waste of time, but is actually training kids in a damaging and wrong-headed practice. It's not enough to waste the kids' lives--they have to actually teach them negative cognitive habits, too.

2 comments:

Heather said...

Having only recently found your blog, I'm so glad you linked this. I recently had to sit through a very painful series of meetings, discussions and the like for my child's *gifted* IEP where they proposed that she, reading 3 grade levels above her peers could benefit from making more text-to-self connections! I'm sitting there thinking how my child who devours historical fiction could possibly benefit from such a strategy when it would seem more pertinent to indulge her interest in history itself!

FedUpMom said...

Heather, we've had some discussion about this on my blog, here:

We Lurch From Fad to Fad

and here:

Training Babies to Sit Up