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Phonics Defeats Whole Language Theory

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“Whole Language Theory” dominated literacy teaching. In the 1960’s the movement towards the ‘whole language’ approach to teaching literacy in schools gathered strength. Many schools still teach using ‘whole language’ theory. Children are taught to learn words only within the context of a story or recount; to anticipate ‘what comes next’; to recognise words by […]

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The Debate About Cursive Script

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There is a view developing in education circles that learning to write in cursive script is a waste of time. Associate Professor Dr Misty Adoniou said in early 2015 in The Conversation, “The research doesn’t find any benefits for cursive writing.” She added the following, “Cursive writing is cute, and nice, and decorative if you’ve […]

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