Australia - why our kids still cannot read

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JAC
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Australia - why our kids still cannot read

Post by JAC » Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:15 am

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/nationa ... 6447081549

Jennifer Buckingham writes.
.....Yet here we are in 2012, and little has changed. Indeed, it is as if nothing ever happened. The Teaching Reading report has disappeared from the federal Education Department's website and the literacy teaching guides have been buried in the internal section of the NSW Education Department website, apparently casualties of changes in government.

The NSW state government has decided to reinvent the wheel, commissioning a new investigation into the best way to teach early literacy, as if this were a mystery. In the meantime, NSW public schools have been forced to adopt an untested kindergarten literacy program which seems, based on the small amount of information available, to directly contravene the research evidence on effective reading instruction.

geraldinecarter
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Re: Australia - why our kids still cannot read

Post by geraldinecarter » Sun Aug 12, 2012 5:55 pm

It's weird, isn't it. Follow my leader, but who is following who? I thought NSW was a bit further along the SP road ...

yvonne meyer
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Re: Australia - why our kids still cannot read

Post by yvonne meyer » Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:10 pm

Nothing has changed in NSW or any other part of Australia because all teaching & learning is still based on fads, not evidence.

Effective evidence-based instruction gets picked up here & there by this or that individual or group for a period of time, just like any other fad, and then gets dropped when the next fad comes along.

The only place where something non-fad-based is going on is Noel Pearson's group in Far North Queensland which are using Direct Instruction for all students, all the time. This programme has only been in place for about a year or so and it will be a number of years before comparative results can be published.

Sadly, Noel Pearson has announced that he has cancer. He also pointed out that the life expectancy of his cohort is 45 years and he is now 47.

Hopefully, he will recover and there are others who have his strength of character to keep the DI programmes in place long enopugh to prove this works. However, I fear that if he is unable to personally keep DI in place, it will get dropped.

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