Bring on the reading revolution | The Australian

I too share some pessimism toward the “whole language” approach to teaching reading. But Janet Albrechtson is wrong to say that phonics is not a politically driven agenda. In fact she herself makes it political by tying it to indigenous issues. She may be correct, but she is certainly being political and ideological. That’s because no educational theory or methodology is worldview neutral. Every educator is a preacher, implicitly or explicitly so. Every classroom is a pulpit, for better for worse, in sickness and in health.

And just imagine if Julia Gillard, the education revolution minister from the Labor Party’s left faction no less, chose to confront the ideological critics of phonics? If Rudd and Gillard are serious about an education revolution, let it begin in the classrooms of indigenous children. Let it begin by telling it like it is. Learning the sounds that make up words is not a politically driven agenda. It is about literacy. It is the key to social mobility. Until that small step is taken, indigenous children will continue to suffer.

Bring on the reading revolution | The Australian

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  1. Just some rough thoughts on reading the article, and then your response. I think she means that promoting phonics of itself is not politically driven. I guess she is confronted with a situation where the opposition of it is political or ideological. She also sees that Rudd, the new do-good prime minister who is further on the political left then say Howard, who possibly has the motivation and the clout to do something significant in this area – but does it really matter which government does it, or if its the government or non-politicians who do it?. ( Generally assume in this that her reporting and analysis are correct).

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