The 'New Science of Reading' is Pseudo-Science
10 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2009 Last revised: 19 Jul 2009
Date Written: March 24, 2009
The "No Child Left Behind Act of 2001" legislated the "New Science of Reading" as consisting of five elements: Phonemic awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Comprehension, and Fluency. The article examines the record and submits that the scientific status of the elements is akin to that of Earth, Air, Water, Fire, and Phlogiston.
Keywords: education policy, NCLB, reading science, reading research, 3RsPlus
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