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Big Brother and the National Reading Curriculum: How Ideology Trumped Evidence / Edition 1
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Big Brother and the National Reading Curriculum: How Ideology Trumped Evidence / Edition 1

by Richard L Allington
 

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ISBN-10: 0325005133

ISBN-13: 9780325005133

Pub. Date: 09/05/2002

Publisher: Heinemann

New legislation will transform American public education. Basic to the No Child Left Behind Act and the Put Reading First program is a new and substantial federal intrusion into local curriculum control and teacher autonomy. This intrusion is masked in the legislative mandate for "evidence-based", or "scientific", reading instruction. Beyond the distortions of the

Overview

New legislation will transform American public education. Basic to the No Child Left Behind Act and the Put Reading First program is a new and substantial federal intrusion into local curriculum control and teacher autonomy. This intrusion is masked in the legislative mandate for "evidence-based", or "scientific", reading instruction. Beyond the distortions of the findings of the National Reading Panel Report that undergird the new federal initiatives, there are other federal mandates, past and current, that have also impeded improving reading instruction - and worse, the public education system - through privatization, teacher disempowerment, and a systemic business model.

In this timely and important book, nationally-recognized reading researcher Richard Allington tracks and questions the 30-year campaign that has focused on testing, accountability, and federalization of education. He and other educators, including Jim Cunningham, Michael Pressley, Elaine Garan, and Patrick Shannon, have contributed articles that provide an overview of past and recent federal education policies, including the NRP Report and associated legislation and policy making, with analyses of the premises of the new national reading plan. By showing how these premises are manufactured - that is, not reliably supported by the research - they explain why this plan is an unwarranted federal encroachment into local educational decision making.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325005133
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
09/05/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
5 - 10 Years

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Big Brother and the National Reading Curriculum

Troubling Times: A Short Historical Perspective, R. Allington

Unreliable Evidence: Responses to the National Reading Panel Reports

The National Reading Panel Report [A Review], J. Cunningham

Why the National Reading Panel's Recommendations Are Not Enough, M. Pressley, S. Dolezal, A. Roehrig , & K. Hilden

Beyond the Smoke and Mirrors: A Critique of the National Reading Panel Report on Phonics, E. Garan

More Smoke and Mirrors: A Critique of the National Reading Panel Report on Fluency, S. Krashen

Babes in the Woods: The Wanderings of the National Reading Panel, J. Yatvin

Can Teachers and Policy Makers Learn to Talk to One Another? C. Toll

Politics, Policies, and Profits: The Political Context of the National Reports

The Politics of Phonics, F. Paterson

Decodable Text in Beginning Reading: Are Mandates Based on Research? R. Allington & H. Woodside-Jiron

Explicit and Systematic Teaching of Reading-A New Slogan? B. Cambourne

The Will of the People, J. Edmondson & P. Shannon Conclusion: An Unwanted Intrusion: The Evidence Against the National Reading Plan

Accelerating in the Wrong Direction: Why Thirty Years of Federal Testing and Accountability Haven't Worked Yet and What We Might Do Instead, R. Allington

Why We Don't Need a National Methodology, R. Allington

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