Rudolf Flesch, in his 1955 book, noted that "things have changed in the last 10, 20 years. For the first time in history, American parents see their children getting less education than they got themselves. Their sons and daughters come home from school and they can´t read the newspaper; they can´t spell simple words like February or Wednesday; they don´t know the difference between Austria and Australia. The fathers and mothers don´t know the reason for this, but they know that something terrible has happened to their most precious dreams and aspirations[.]" Isn´t it beautiful – the way Flesch perceives
I am a bookworm. I have been since I taught myself to read at age 4 by reading the daily newspaper, according to my mother. I remember clearly the phonics lessons to get the words correct.
However, I also know several people from when I was in college who could read but didn´t, who hated to read and for whom reading was an absolute chore. They didn´t lack intelligence, but they were taught to read by sight words, so their pleasure in the printed word had been stunted from the get go.
IMHO, whomever began this "whole word" krap is doubly evil - first, for dumbing down the students of tomorrow through reading comprehension, but most of all, for destroying the simple pleasure of losing oneself in between the covers of a favorite and much loved book!!!
I too....was thrown out of several institutions of ´higher learning´ for my un-willingness to shut up about my conservative political POV.
Since the Magna Carta...there has only been one struggle...one issue....one fight...and it is the fight between the King and the commoners.
Effing Leftists, in their madness, promote the power of the King (Government) against the rights of the commoners (the people) and they use every deception imaginable to seduce good people into thinking that they "Care" more about the common man than do those who promote Liberty.
"Liberty" even today is charged with being dangerous, perilous....risky.
Where is the breathless reportage on Venezuela ?
The "Upper Class" is (are) Democrats !
They seek to preserve their power.
Dumbing down your children was no accident...no failure.
The side benefit to the Left is that without knowing words, understanding their meaning, a person can say a word means anything. Hillary Clinton once said "Diversity id Unity". Her husband argued on the meaning of "is". Small examples of the larger problem.
I can tell K-12 is destroying America, the writer doesn´t know we are a REPUBLIC not a Democracy!! The difference- In a democracy your neighbors can vote to have you move and you have to. In a Republic, your neighbor can vote all day long to have your move and you tell them to pound sand because you have rights to your individual rights!
Surprise yourself. You may very well find out that you can.
But if you *really* can´t, then at least make sure your kids know how to read before hitting the first grade classroom. There are lots of resources out there to help you: "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons" is just one of many good places to start. Depriving a little child of essential phonetic reading instruction is akin to depriving him of food. I can´t over-emphasize how important this is.
My mother warned me as a very young boy about this fake reading method. She taught me and my siblings to read before we ever got to school, and she used phonics. Phonics is the basis for lifelong power and comfort and love of reading. I read the newspaper with my breakfast since age 5, and have always loved reading.
This whole sight reading lie is a horror, and probably is an intentional move to make people more ignorant and more pliable for the government masters. Remember Horowitz´s parents came here from Russia with the lifelong mission to work as teachers to destroy America within for their Soviet masters. This operation has been going on since the 1930s. Bill Ayers, after his failed terrorist revolution, went into education, again to harm America.
Home schooling is the only way out. Keep your children from the government schools.
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