In Defense of Good Teaching: What Teachers Need to Know About the Reading Wars [NOOK Book]

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Is whole language the cause of the problems that beset our schools?
Is the debate between whole language and phonics a cover-up for control of what and how students learn?
Is it appropriate that legislators, lobbyists, textbook publishers, and private interest groups evaluate and promote research on teaching and learning?
Is Christian ...
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In Defense of Good Teaching: What Teachers Need to Know About the Reading Wars

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Overview

Is whole language the cause of the problems that beset our schools?
Is the debate between whole language and phonics a cover-up for control of what and how students learn?
Is it appropriate that legislators, lobbyists, textbook publishers, and private interest groups evaluate and promote research on teaching and learning?
Is Christian fundamentalism being exploited by political and economic groups?
Is the attack on whole language supported by research that is valid?
Is the issue of teaching reading now so polarized that even a "balanced" approach is no longer acceptable in some schools?

These questions have come out of the reading wars. And teachers now must be articulate and knowledgeable defendants of their own positions in the debate if they are to retain control of their profession.

In Defense of Good Teaching is the whole language community's first concerted response to its attackers, reveals some disturbing truths in the reading wars: deliberate misrepresentation of ideas, about the role of the press, conflicting political agendas played out in our schools, teachers and administrators marginalized for their beliefs, and commercial interests dressed up as scientific research. This is an alarming and enlightening book and, as the dispute broadens to affect teaching of math and bilingual education, it is an important book. It will be invaluable to teachers who want the means and strategies to respond to criticism, to analyze arguments and to defend their position. More is at stake than whole language.

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Goodman has set out to defend whole language by exposing the political agenda of those who are against it and by assisting those who want to fight against this attack. To this end he has compiled eleven distinctly separate chapters written by twelve authors, including Constance Weaver, Ellen Brinkley, and David and Yvonne Freeman, who strongly support whole language and who have dealt with and participated in the "reading wars."

Readers will be exposed to a variety of information and pro-whole language perspectives and will certainly learn more about the politics surrounding the issue, specifically in the areas of research, legislation, and practice. Of key interest are a series of case studies and various rationale used to support the assertion that there is a right wing agenda against whole language and to explain why and how this agenda developed. In addition, many of the authors have outlined specific methods and strategies that readers may use to respond to right wing criticisms.

Rethinking Schools
A well-documented set of essays by leading reading and language arts educators who explain how the right wing has gone on attack over the issue of teaching of reading. Essays examine the research behind the controversy, the role of the media, and activities that progressive educators can take up.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571104472
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/27/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 837 KB

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