Teaching Children to Read: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Over the years, this country has debated the best way to teach literacy to young children. Best known among the competing approaches are phonics, whole language, and balanced literacy. Indicating how intensely controversial these matters still are, a brief reference to balanced literacy by NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña – cited as a defense of that approach in the New York Times – led immediately to heated reactions. Join us for a discussion of the best way to teach children to read.

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