Deprecated: mysql_pconnect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/rrforg/public_html/Connections/rrf.php on line 9
Reading Reform Foundation (RRF) - Promoting Synthetic Phonics : Page Title

RRF Newsletter 55 back to contents
Snippets from New Zealand

In an article in The New Zealand Herald of 19 April 2005 about the proposal to give parents remedial reading vouchers enabling them to buy extra tuition for their children, Prof. Tom Nicholson wrote the following:

‘Reading vouchers are necessary at this time as an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff to rescue many thousands of children who will slip through the cracks of our educational system and whose lives will be ruined because of lack of literacy.

But this is a short-term measure. The real problem is that schools are saddled with the whole language reading method that fails too many children and that excludes other methods such as phonics.’ [Emphasis original]

As Lesley Drake commented on the RRF Message-Board: ‘I can’t help but think this is a bit crazy. The government pays for schools to teach children to read. They don’t do the job, so the government pays parents to take their children somewhere else to be taught how to read. So the government pays twice for the same service. Why not just get rid of the doctrine that causes teachers to fail to do the job they are employed to do in the first place?’




Copyright Notice
All rights, including copyright, in the content of these RRF web pages are owned or controlled for these purposes by the RRF. In accessing the RRF's web pages, you agree that you may only download the content for your own personal non-commercial use. You are not permitted to copy, broadcast, download, store (in any medium), transmit, show or play in public, adapt or change in any way the content of these RRF web pages for any other purpose whatsoever without the prior written permission of the RRF.
© Reading Reform Foundation 2010
Home  |   RRF Conferences  |   Resources / Articles  |   Newsletter Archive  |   About Us  |   Contact  |   Donate

Sites for Teachers