I read this morning
From the standpoint of ain What Reading does for the Mind (Cunningham. A. & Stanovich. K.E. 1997)
reciprocal model of reading development, this means
that many cognitive differences observed between
readers of differing skill may in fact be consequences
of differential practice that itself resulted from early
differences in the speed of initial reading acquisition.
This article appears to imply that by making easier, shorter, & less resources available in the primary grades to less able readers, we actually do them a disservice. By lowering standards we are failing to give these learners the opportunity to fully develop their minds.
The one thing that will make citizens of our global economy viable will be the ability to think. The responsibility for learning clearly is upon the learners' shoulders not the teachers'. Educators should however provide many opportunities for encoding and decoding practice.
Are we doing this? Are we raising the bar higher to force learners to jump over? Or are we helping to 'dumb down America' by lowering expectations?
What are you going to do about it?
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Referenced: Cunningham,A.E., & Stanovich, K. E. (1997). Early reading acquisition
and its relation to reading experience and ability 10 years later. Developmental
Psychology, 33, 6, 934-945.