On Sep 6, 2012, at 11:31 PM, Haim <email@example.com> wrote:
> You are much too kind to the educators. While it may be true that, ultimately, it is not in their power to erase The Gap, specific practices by the educators certainly make things worse. Take, for example, the Whole Language method of reading instruction, so beloved of educators. For children like your son, who go home everyday to literate parents with an active interest in their education, Whole Language does little or no harm. For the child who actually depends on the school to learn reading, Whole Language is a disaster from which he may never recover.
No doubt about it. I am sure many parents like myself are at times thankful for whole language and the wiping out of much of the competition by sixth grade.:)
By the way, I think only a minority of teachers with any experience (5 years) would do these things on their own. Not counting of course situations where the community is simply broken.