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Today’s Teacher Soapbox: This is Readicide

One 32-year veteran teacher writes,

It has been many years now since a “principal” asked my professional opinion about a purchase. They do the buying without our information. The results have been disastrous. They cut the book-buying budget in half since we earned School of Distinction. They buy canned reading programs for millions of dollars that are little more than nonsense words printed on card stock. Teachers are told to follow the canned scripts with fidelity. “Spell the word with your finger in the air. Now spell it backwards.” It is so absurd to have a young teacher with a masters degree in reading, following a ridiculous script: Ask a 5-year-old child who does not understand English to spell a nonsense word and then do it backwards!

When the child goes “in the red” on assessments of nonsense word fluency, a parent meeting is called. I have to translate the message “your child is failing nonsense word fluency.” What is going on here?

People who have never taught a child to read are making decisions about reading curriculum.

Some people are making a lot of money. Kids are not learning. Teachers are demoralized.

This is Readicide.

Read the full story, and many more, over at Your Soapbox.

4 Comments


  1. GOP Rules

    January 3, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Seeing that my children rarely bring home books from their government schools it has concerned me. It has also concerned me as my wife finishes up her teaching curriculum that the Common Core thing emphasizes NOT using books. That “standard” is going to destroy schools more than any of the faux funding cuts that so many crocodile tears are shed for. It would be nice if they at least had an option for something like a Kindle or computer that would be inexpensive so you could still have some semblance of textbook.

  2. Vonna Viglione

    January 3, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    And under the GOP principals will have enormous power over all teachers…….creating little fifedoms instead of collegial working groups……

  3. Alan

    January 3, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    GOP Rules, out on the fringes of sanity, again? The only folks with an agenda of destroying public education(or as you like to refer to it, “government schools”), is the GOP.

    “more than any of the faux funding cuts that so many crocodile tears are shed for”. This comment alone proves you’re a paid hack for Civitas et al. I know a LOT of people in public education, and the cuts are very real, no matter how many times you try to “convince” us the cuts are indeed an increase.

    We know, and you know just as well, there is no increase, but it doesn’t stop you spouting the party line.

  4. LayintheSmakDown

    January 3, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Alan, that is funny that you cannot calculate the funding. A 4.8% increase is an increase in all real world situations. I have actually laid it out several times. Maybe while you are attempting to find those non-existent racism comment you can stumble on the numbers I have presented in detail from last summer. It is excellent reading.

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