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The Reading Wars: Why Natural Learning Fails in Classrooms

The "Reading Wars," the battles between those who favor phonics and those who favor whole-word or whole-language instruction of reading, have been declared to be over. The data clearly favor the early and explicit teaching of phonics. But when children learn to read out of school, on their own initiative, they do so with little attention to phonics. Why this difference?

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Children Teach Themselves to Read

The general assumption in our culture is that children must be taught to read, but the experiences of "unschooling" families and of people involved in the Sudbury school movement prove otherwise. Here, based on stories submitted by parents, are seven principles relevant to the question of how children teach themselves to read without formal instruction.

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