Thursday, November 06, 2008
AND ALL IT TOOK WAS TO TEACH READING RIGHT!
Look at the fantastic success that the Gering, Neb., schools have enjoyed in improved reading achievement! New special education cases have been reduced by 80% because, at long last, the kiddies are being taught to read correctly. This is since Gering started a phonics-ONLY reading instructional program in elementary schools:
Can you imagine how much money the Omaha Public Schools would save by reducing its enormous special education rolls by 80%? Special education is the most expensive way to educate kids, and the fastest-growing educational spending category. Wouldn't it be great to reverse that disturbing trend?
This proves what I've been saying for years, that the vast majority of the students who are labeled "special ed" or "learning disabled" simply were not taught to read properly.
There is nothing wrong with their brains -- or there WASN'T, until they were literally addle-pated by Whole Language reading instruction. That's what most schools in Nebraska are still using, despite great news like this about phonics-ONLY instruction.
That's the bad news. The GOOD news is, even current special ed students can be brought up to speed in a relatively short amount of time with good curriculum like Gering selected . . . saving taxpayers countless millions of dollars, since costly remediation, re-remediation, and re-re-remediation won't be needed any more.
And in the future, kids won't be stigmatized and depressed with a bogus special ed label, which is the best news of all.
Wake up, educators, and give kids what they need in those early grades: PHONICS!
Boys are often nowadays sent to the special ed wasteland just for being boys.Boys need to be somewhat more aggressive, on the whole, than girls. They are to be the defenders of society one day. It doesn't serve our society well to try to turn naturally boisterous boys into behaving like girls. Vive la difference!Post a Comment