...Instead of trying to instill a love of books in children, we are obsessed with all kinds of strategies - new fashionable strategies from here and there, giving children books that are stuffed full of word lists and letters. Is it any wonder that children are leaving school unable to read?P.S. Not knocking phonics per se; just thinking that no strategy will fit everyone, as the man says.
...Currently,...(the government is)...grasping at the idea that synthetic phonics is the cure-all for teaching reading; but the reality is that phonics will never be enough to teach reading and there will always be some children who fail to pick it up no matter which teaching method is in vogue. And children who the government and schools are failing are the very children who don't have books at home. And this is one of the major ways in which we are socially divided. It's a disgrace that there isn't the same urgency that the government is putting into phonics as there is in getting children to love books.
...It's about creating a book-loving culture, both at school and at home, and if we don't, we're never going to reach out to the kids who really need help.
...Learning to read begins and ends with wonderful, exciting, colourful books like these. Let's stop pretending that phonics will solve everything and start concentrating on developing a book loving culture that all children will benefit from.
Loving books. That's my plan.
Hurrah - it is Friday!