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Why Our Children Can't Read and What We Can Do about It A Scientific Revolution in Reading

ISBN-10: 0684853566
ISBN-13: 9780684853567
Edition: 1999
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Description: In America today, 43 percent of our children fall below grade level in reading. In her meticulously researched and groundbreaking work, Diane McGuinness faults outmoded reading systems for this crisis -- and provides the answers we need to give our  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 3/24/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

In America today, 43 percent of our children fall below grade level in reading. In her meticulously researched and groundbreaking work, Diane McGuinness faults outmoded reading systems for this crisis -- and provides the answers we need to give our children the reading skills they need. Drawing on twenty-five years of cutting-edge research, Dr. McGuinness presents bold new "phoneme awareness" programs that overcome the tremendous shortcomings of other systems by focusing on the crucial need to understand and hear reliably the sounds of a language before learning to read. Maintaining that any child can be taught to read fluently if given proper instruction, she dramatically reveals how dyslexia and behavior problems such as ADD stem not from neurological disorders but from flawed methods of reading instruction. With invaluable information on remedial reading programs that can correct various ineffective reading strategies, this book is a must for concerned parents, teachers, and others who want to make a difference.

Diane McGuinness is a reading consultant and Emeritus Professor of Psychology at theUniversity of South Florida. She is the author of Why Our Children Can't Read and What WeCan Do about It, Early Reading Instruction (MIT Press, 2004), and otherbooks on reading and learning.

Steven Arthur Pinker (born September 18, 1954) is a Canadian-born U.S. experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, linguist, and popular science author. He is a Harvard College Professor and the Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Pinker is the author of several non-fiction bestsellers including: The Language Instinct (1994), How the Mind Works (1997), Words and Rules (2000), The Blank Slate (2002), and The Stuff of Thought (2007). and The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. Pinker was named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world in 2004 and one of Prospect and Foreign Policy's 100 top public intellectuals in both years the poll was carried out, 2005 and 2008; in 2010 and 2011 he was named by Foreign Policy magazine to its list of top global thinkers. His research in cognitive psychology has won the Early Career Award (1984) and Boyd McCandless Award (1986) from the American Psychological Association, the Troland Research Award (1993) from the National Academy of Sciences, the Henry Dale Prize (2004) from the Royal Institution of Great Britain, and the George Miller Prize (2010) from the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. He has also received honorary doctorates from the universities of Newcastle, Surrey, Tel Aviv, McGill, and the University of Troms�, Norway. He was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, in 1998 and in 2003. On May 13, 2006, he received the American Humanist Association's Humanist of the Year award for his contributions to public understanding of human evolution.

Contents
Foreword
Preface
Pronunciation Key for English Phonemes
Why it's Hard to Learn to Read
Reading Report Card
Readers Reading: How Do We Do It?
Transcribing Talk
Alphabets: Splitting Sounds
The English Alphabet Code A Comment on Dialects
A Reading Revolution
Science to the Rescue
The Child's Mind and Reading
The Proof of the Pudding: Reading Programs That Work
Practical Solutions
Beginning Reading Right
Mastering the Advanced Code in Reading, Writing, and Spelling
Helping Those Who Didn't Make It
Remedial Reading Programs
What's a Parent to Do?
Notes and References
Glossary
Author Index
Subject Index

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