Public Schools Can Cripple Your Children's Ability To Read

Written by Joel Turtel


For many adults, reading a book or newspaper seems effortless. Yet reading effortlessly comes from constant use of basic skills learned at an early age. Once children learn these basic skills, they can eventually read complex books like War and Peace.

What are these skills? To read, one must recognize thousands of words. Since all English words are built from only twenty-six letters,repparttar huge task of recognizing letters and their sounds and putting them together to form words becomes greatly simplified. An English-speaking child only has to sound outrepparttar 144043 letters and then putrepparttar 144044 sounds together to readrepparttar 144045 word.

I do not wish to over-simplifyrepparttar 144046 complexity of our rich English language, however. Like other western languages, English has its peculiarities. For example, many vowels have more than one sound, and many sounds can be spelled more than one way. However, even with these complexities, English is far easier to learn than Chinese, where children have to memorize thousands of word pictures, rather than twenty-six letters and their sounds.

Reading is difficult at first, but, once learned,repparttar 144047 process becomes automatic and unconscious. When we can read quickly without sounding out every letter of every word, allrepparttar 144048 knowledge ofrepparttar 144049 world opens to us. However, like learning to drive a car, if we donít learnrepparttar 144050 basic skills, we donít learn to read, or we read poorly.

Enter public-school education theorists who think otherwise. Don't adults read without sounding out every letter of every word, they ask? So why teach children phonics? Why put children throughrepparttar 144051 alleged boredom, drudgery, and hard work of learning letter-sounds? How can reading be joyful if literature becomes drills? If children memorize whole words instead of putting together letter sounds, all this pain will be gone. Rather than teaching kidsrepparttar 144052 alphabet and how to sound out M-O-T-H-E-R, teach them to recognize MOTHER and other whole words in a book, like Chinese word-pictures or ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. Haverepparttar 144053 child read simple books that repeat each word over and over, so that they come to recognizerepparttar 144054 word. Do this for each word, they claim, andrepparttar 144055 child will learn to read. This is called "whole-language" reading instruction.

The only problem is that whole-language doesn't work. It is a disaster. Most young children are only able to "memorize" a few hundred relatively simple words. Even an adult's mind can only memorize at most, a few thousand words. That'srepparttar 144056 limit ofrepparttar 144057 human mind's capacity to memorize abstract symbols.

In contrast, children who learn to sound outrepparttar 144058 letters of words with phonics can read tens of thousands of words, and eventually read ANY word, because they can sound out each letter inrepparttar 144059 word and putrepparttar 144060 sounds together.

Government Grants Need Community Support

Written by Robert Smethers


Government grants need good community support to ensure success. Your federal grants agency wants to knowrepparttar community is behind this project and their support is essential. If you want to receive free grants you must network in your community!

Once your proposal has a good outline, look for individuals or groups which your can raise support from in writing.

The type and quality of your community support is critical inrepparttar 143918 initial and secondary reviews. Never underestimate how much community support can influence your agency giving government grants. Many letters of support can be persuasive to getting your federal grants.

Do not overlook support form your local government agencies and public officials when trying to get free grants. Letters of endorsement detailing exact areas of your project. And their commitment are often requested as part of a proposal to your federal grants agency.

Several months may be required to develop letters of endorsement since something of value (e.g., buildings, staff, services) is sometimes negotiated betweenrepparttar 143919 parties involved.

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