I got very cross here and here.
ninme was so staggered by the idea that children might not be taught how the alphabet works that she missed the point. This is entirely understandable.
Unity followed up with a lovely little insight into where all the research has gone wrong:
"All the research which describes the psychological process of reading is based on assessment of people who can already read - ergo, it tells us quite nicely how people read once they've learned to read but next to fuck all about the process of learning to read itself."Brilliantly simple.
Timmy puts his customary free market view on things here.
The site administrator at the Reading Reform discussion board picked up on this and linked to me, prompting the delightful "Lesley" to intone with a sigh:
" What a very, very, very satisfying read.Well, Lesley, the feeling is mutual. This is superb:
I only wish I'd written it myself!"
"Bethan is nothing more than a whole language dinosaur whose time has come. One can sense the desperation in the plodding predictable prog-prose of a creature who knows the show-case in the museum beckons."the superficially alluring picturedactyl": Absolutely top notch.
Cue David Attenborough in hushed tones..
"And here we see a group, found together in late 2005, reassembled in its natural habitat, the education department of a prestigious university.
There, by the glow of the searchlight, the mighty psightvocabodon is devouring whole words. Beside him the smaller, but equally ferocious guessisaurus and predictoraptor search for clues amid the bushes. And last, but not least, the superficially alluring picturedactyl, seducing its victims into its welcoming arms, lies in wait for small humans."
"We shall not see their like again."