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Why our children can't read, and what we can do about it : a scientific revolution in reading

Author: Diane McGuinness
Publisher: New York : Free Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In America today, 43 percent of our children test below grade level in reading. Among adults, 42 million are functionally illiterate. The numbers are staggering, but in our schools, the problem is only getting worse. The old methods don't work, and this book will tell you why. Psychologist Diane McGuinness draws on twenty-five years of solid reading research that shows exactly how the current system fails and how to
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Diane McGuinness
ISBN: 0684831619 9780684831619
OCLC Number: 36158768
Description: xiv, 384 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Steven Pinker --
Sect. I. Why it's hard to learn to read. 1. Reading report card. 2. Readers reading: how do we do it? 3. Transcribing talk. 4. Alphabets: splitting sounds. 5. The English alphabet code --
A comment on dialects --
Sect. II. A reading revolution. 6. Science to the rescue. 7. The child's mind and reading. 8. The pProof of the pudding: reading programs that work --
Sect. III. Practical solutions. 9. Beginning reading right. 10. Mastering the advanced code in reading, writing, and spelling. 11. Helping those who didn't make it. 12. Remedial reading programs. 13. What's a parent to do?
Other Titles: Why our children can not read, and what we can do about it
Responsibility: Diane McGuinness.
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In America today, 43 percent of our children test below grade level in reading. Among adults, 42 million are functionally illiterate. The numbers are staggering, but in our schools, the problem is only getting worse. The old methods don't work, and this book will tell you why. Psychologist Diane McGuinness draws on twenty-five years of solid reading research that shows exactly how the current system fails and how to fix it.

She explains that the ability to read depends on the ability to hear the sounds of our language correctly, and on a working knowledge of something called the spelling code, which is the key to how English spelling works: what letters and letter combinations go with which sounds. This connection of sounds and the symbols that represent them is crucial to learning how to read, and McGuinness explains it with rigor, clarity, and expertise. Moreover, she shows how this method is scientifically proven and has transformed so-called dyslexics and troubled readers into expert readers and spellers, often in astoundingly short periods of time. Diane McGuinness has given us the blueprint for a reading revolution - one that offers real hope to the millions of children and adults who are failing needlessly in school and in life.

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