Chances are, if you can read this book, you're lucky. Even so, you may be reading it less well than you could. The fact is, you probably learned to read the wrong way, but somehow you've managed to get by, even do well. Many children and adults are not so lucky.
In America today, 43 percent of our children test below grade level in reading. Among adults, 42 million are functionally illiterate. The numbers are staggering, but in our schools, the problem is only getting worse. Most schools teach reading with phonics, the whole language method, or some eclectic combination of the two. Unfortunately, these methods are failing our children; phonics by 30 percent, whole language by 50 percent.
We are in crisis. Now, what are we going to do about it? If we're wise, we'll read and use what's in this book at home -- and in every school in America -- because it is the first thorough diagnosis of the problem and the first viable solution. The old methods don't work, and this book will tell you why. Psychologist Diane McGuinness draws on twenty-five years of solid reading research that shows exactly how the current system fails and how to fix it.
She explains that the ability to read depends on the ability to hear the sounds of our language correctly, and on a working knowledge of something called the spelling code, which is the key to how English spelling works: what letters and letter combinations go with which sounds. This connection of sounds and the symbols that represent them is crucial to learning how to read, and McGuinness explains it with rigor, clarity, and expertise. Moreover, she shows how this method is scientifically proven and has transformed so-called dyslexics and troubled readers into expert readers and spellers, often in astoundingly short periods of time.
Diane McGuinness has given us the blueprint for a reading revolution -- one that offers real hope to the millions of children and adults who are failing needlessly in school and in life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I am very much further ahead .
McGuinness has been a tireless researcher and prolific author, and has added over six volumes to the theoretical and practical understanding of how to teach literacy.
This book should be a must read for every teacher and for all parents with children who are struggling with reading skills in school.
I am still only halfway through the book but have really enjoyed the concepts discussed by the author. I reference the book often when discussing teaching methodology.Published 9 months ago by lalalalatina
Why Our Children Can’t Read and What We Can Do About It: A Scientific Revolution In Reading by Diane McGuinness is definitely a book worth reading. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Miguel Rico
This book really challenged my current reading instruction based upon sound, decades long research.
The first three or four chapters are tough to get through but push through... Read more
Understanding language and how it works is crucial to helping children to read. I sure didn't know that to begin with. I found this book fascinating and enlightening. Read morePublished 16 months ago by julie elliott
This has been one of the most powerful books I've read on reading, and that is after completing 5 years of elementary education! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Katie
This is an enlightening book. It really sheds light on what we need to do as parents and educators. Some of the book is dense and needs to be read over several times, though. Read morePublished on July 11, 2012 by teacher
Reading comes easily to me but I have no memory of how that happened. This was amazing to understand the kinds of teaching in our schools and how much of it DOESN'T work for our... Read morePublished on August 25, 2009 by MFP
I am a homeschool mom and I was very apprehensive about teaching my children how to spell. I was a fine writer in school but I hated to read out loud and was a very poor speller. Read morePublished on September 23, 2007 by Jeremy L. Corwin
I was initially skeptical about the strong claims McGuiness makes for her own approach to reading instruction, and also put off by the "my way or the highway" rhetoric she uses. Read morePublished on April 22, 2007 by MMD