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Sound out ar-ro-gant

"Sound out ar-ro-gant" Continued...

Issue: "America votes 1998," Oct. 31, 1998

The problem's not with teaching phonics. The problem's with an unrepentant academic elite who still can't understand that their cockeyed determination to skip phonics has cost a whole generation of kids the ability to read well.

The NPR program ended with a sort of obligatory tip of the hat toward precisely that academic elite: "Some educators hope the dialogue about literacy does not become dominated by voices outside of education." Of course that's what they hope. Otherwise they might have to face up to the devastation they have wrought.

Joel Belz
Joel Belz

Joel, WORLD's founder, writes a regular column for the magazine and contributes commentaries for The World and Everything in It. He is also the author of Consider These Things.

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