Watch: Explosive PBS Report On How Phonics Prevents Learning-Disabled Diagnoses

Four out of five of the children labeled "learning disabled" are placed in that category due to dyslexia diagnosis. And learning-disability diagnoses have steadily increased in the past several decades, especially for non-physical disabilities. But, as a recent PBS report shows, most dyslexic children are not actually brain-impaired (although a minority are). What has handicapped … Continue reading Watch: Explosive PBS Report On How Phonics Prevents Learning-Disabled Diagnoses

Public School Leaders: We’ve Created A National Reading Crisis

"Research has documented what works to get kids to read, yet those evidence-based reading practices appear to be missing from most classrooms," write three public school administrators in a recent issue of Education Week, a prominent industry publication. "Systemic failures have left educators overwhelmingly unaware of the research on how kids learn to read," they … Continue reading Public School Leaders: We’ve Created A National Reading Crisis

Has Your Eight-Year-Old Learned To Write This Well? He Can

Redeemer's older students are learning the mechanics of writing paragraphs, reports, and essays. Here is a final draft of a report from one eight-year-old student. Here is a transcription of what the boy wrote: Dolphins and Humans In the wild and in captivity, dolphins interact with humans. Normally, dolphins are fun-loving because they enjoy playing. … Continue reading Has Your Eight-Year-Old Learned To Write This Well? He Can

Cognitive Researchers: ‘Learning Styles’ Like Auditory, Visual, And Kinesthetic Are Bunk

For some time cognitive research has consistently found that the teaching fad of prescribing a variety of "learning styles" to students based on various senses -- visual, auditory, and kinesthetic are the most prominent -- is hogwash. But many teachers are still using these methods, largely because they are instructed to by institutions that should know … Continue reading Cognitive Researchers: ‘Learning Styles’ Like Auditory, Visual, And Kinesthetic Are Bunk