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by g.carter
Sat Jan 01, 2011 5:55 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Reading Wars
Replies: 47
Views: 5109

Re: The Reading Wars

It takes v. little time to produce programme specific tests - Dick has done them for some SP programmes and, of course, programme makers could construct them and RRF or government could recommend a psychometric specialist, working with an all- around SP specialist, like you, Jenny, and Elizabeth N. ...
by g.carter
Sat Jan 01, 2011 12:17 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Reading Wars
Replies: 47
Views: 5109

Re: The Reading Wars

E. I've had very similar experiences recently and it's been quite a sobering time especially when it's from friends in the Ed. business who are very supportive of what I've been doing. It's incredibly hard to get the balance and the tone right. Most children can learn without phonics if the school i...
by g.carter
Fri Dec 31, 2010 6:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Youtube: Jolly Phonics study in S. Australia
Replies: 1
Views: 725

Re: Youtube: Jolly Phonics study in S. Australia

Delightful film! Another nail in the coffin for the 'phonics-is-deadly' critics.
by g.carter
Fri Dec 31, 2010 6:08 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Happy New Year 2011 !!!
Replies: 7
Views: 1287

Re: Happy New Year 2011 !!!

Thank you, Peter. And Happy New Year to you and your family in Japan. We've seen the spectacular fireworks from New Zealand and Hong Kong and the quite amazing display from Sydney Harbour.

But, of course, we're very backward here and still clinging on to that strange year - 2010!
by g.carter
Fri Dec 31, 2010 11:34 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: EducatioNation website
Replies: 5
Views: 1257

Re: EducatioNation website

The majority of people can read the mass of scientific evidence re global warming and then read the findings of that small percentage of scientists who deny this evidence and then come to a conclusion. Without a scientific background it will come down to judgment, rather than scientific knowledge fo...
by g.carter
Fri Dec 31, 2010 1:02 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: EducatioNation website
Replies: 5
Views: 1257

Re: EducatioNation website

Thanks, too. A lot of good meaty stuff. Some areas of disagreement but these are few given the overall merit of his conclusions. There was one part of the following statement that I grappled with : Students who can’t read can’t learn math, science, civics, and history, either. They can’t think logic...
by g.carter
Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:47 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Phonology with Reading' intervention programme
Replies: 3
Views: 1253

Re: 'Phonology with Reading' intervention programme

There is much to be said for using reading books immediately where they are compatible with SP decoding-synthesizing and where choice of sound/grapheme is made carefully and introduced meticulously. But book bands have given a reading book start a bad name - a great shame. I cannot believe that Soun...
by g.carter
Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:03 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Youtube: Y1 teacher on 'How to read with my child'
Replies: 6
Views: 1507

Re: Youtube: Y1 teacher on 'How to read with my child'

Derrie - there is absolutely no problem using 'reading' books if these have been scrupulouslyand intelligently constructed - as many RRFers can testify.
by g.carter
Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:59 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Prof. Bishop's blog: should we label it 'dyslexia'?
Replies: 44
Views: 4774

Re: Prof. Bishop's blog: medical-sounding labels & alternatives

This looks well worth a read. I've only had time to read the first part but this sentence was particularly arresting: in 1976, Bill Yule concluded: “The era of applying the label 'dyslexic' is rapidly drawing to a close. The label has served its function in drawing attention to children who have gre...
by g.carter
Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:48 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ben Goldacre's Review of the Year
Replies: 13
Views: 1771

Re: Ben Goldacre's Review of the Year

I know that very reasonably, Jenny, you don't like emotive words like 'dodgy' unless there is 'evidence' that one can provide root and branch evidence. But I work on observation, reading of hundreds of comments on fora, newspaper articles, papers, video evidence, and the words of Marie Clay herself ...
by g.carter
Sun Dec 19, 2010 1:31 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: MP Graham Allen and the 'Early Intervention' review
Replies: 1
Views: 768

Re: MP Graham Allen and the 'Early Intervention' review

Yes - it is strange that such a strong advocate of spending millions on Reading Recovery - should be in charge of this investigation. Oh dear ...
by g.carter
Sun Dec 19, 2010 1:28 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ben Goldacre's Review of the Year
Replies: 13
Views: 1771

Ben Goldacre's Review of the Year

There will doubtless be an avalanche of informational misuse via test ‘analysis’ (a classic example being the Reading Recovery use of the BAS tests which showed how RR magicked years and years of progress out of the rabbit’s hat ). Surely the BAS test provides useful information only when implemente...
by g.carter
Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:30 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: PISA results 2009- UK falling further behind
Replies: 40
Views: 6105

Re: PISA results 2009- UK falling further behind

Derry N.Ireland has selective schools. Eire does not have grammar schools. Martin McGuinness, when he was Ed. Secretary in N.Ireland was talking about abandoning the grammar school system -Jim would know what the state of affairs is now - Whatever system it's the bottom 20%+ who are affected by whol...
by g.carter
Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:14 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: PISA results 2009- UK falling further behind
Replies: 40
Views: 6105

Re: PISA results 2009- UK falling further behind

Debbie says: Does this reflect the dominance of Reading Recovery and a more multi-cueing approach do you think? It may be deeper than that. Look at the decimation of libraries, replacement of reading with computer games etc.etc. the fact that teachers teaching these children were educated themselves...
by g.carter
Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:03 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Blogger 'Old Andrew' gives excellent support for SP
Replies: 2
Views: 1790

Re: Blogger 'Old Andrew' gives excellent support for SP

Thanks Susan. Old Andrews' blog isn't given enough exposure here. Have a look, also, at
http://teachingbattleground.wordpress.c ... nal-needs/

and the responses.