"Phonics is controversial": current Teachers' TVIt

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"Phonics is controversial": current Teachers' TVIt

Post by bwking » Tue Oct 02, 2007 7:13 pm

It's not very heartening when you tune in to Teachers' TV as an innocent infants' school teacher to get some enlightenment on the latest literacy thinking and hear at the top of the Early Years programme "Phonics is controversial". This wasn't true even 2,500 years ago in Greece, and has only been true in this country since the "experts" started messing with language learning in the last three centuries or so.

What is the would-be English teacher to think, when they still get this sort of guff from what is supposed to be an aide to teaching sanctioned by the government, but the official policy is now that very "phonics", or better still Synthetic Phonics, fast and first.

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Post by bwking » Tue Oct 02, 2007 7:16 pm

I don't know where that "Lt" came from. My cursor has a will of its own.


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Post by maizie » Tue Oct 02, 2007 7:59 pm

Perhaps Teachers' TV is being sanctioned by the part of government that is promoting and funding the spread of the Reading Recovery programme in England :???:

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Post by g.carter » Tue Oct 02, 2007 9:35 pm

Take your pick!

It may be sanctioned by the 'professors', 'lecturers', Local Authority Advisers, UKLA, Early Years specialists - anyone who feels threatened by the fact that the foundation of literacy is skills' teaching. Not a hocus-pocus of Whole Language dictums and searchlights , pseudo-psycology, empathy - with the only guarantee a complete ignorance of how the alphabetic code works and how to give struggling readers the necessary skills to carry them through secondary school.

As I keep banging on - who on earth in the DCSF is standing up to this unmitigated vandalism? And who is in charge of seeing that the SP appointed advisers are doing their job and reporting in a way that these reports are open to scrutiny. Pretty basic stuff, I should have thought. Perhaps if the average pay in the DCSF was the same as that for a Call Centre operator - such unprofessional, unstructured, unaccountable, opaque behaviour would be understandable. It seems that Brown wants it like this - and his most trusted adviser, Ed Balls, is happy to parrot the nonsense.

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