Why Most Beginning Readers Are Taught To Guess At Words—And How That Holds Them Back

Many educators now accept the overwhelming evidence behind phonics instruction. But they often don’t realize that by simultaneously teaching children to guess at words, they may be doing damage that’s hard to reverse.

Last year, journalist Emily Hanford delved into the widespread misunderstanding in the education world about the best way to teach reading. Her radio documentary, Hard Words, revealed that schools of education were failing to equip teachers to use the method that cognitive scientists have found is most effective: systematic instruction in phonemic awareness (hearing the sounds that make up words) and phonics (matching those sounds to letters). The documentary sparked a surge of interest, along with expressions of frustration from teachers about the inadequacy of their training.

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