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Education Book ReviewGoodman 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.