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The arrogant, self-anointing, intellectually negligible, duplicitous, cowardly gas bags in progressive-dominated schools of education (or progressive-dominated departments), district central offices, state and federal departments of instruction, and curriculum organizations, turned reading instruction (which had been a rather simple and straightforward process) into a nightmare of mumbo-jumbo "theory" and deranged "practices" (which nonetheless appealed to the legions of gullible "teachers" certified by ed schools and states)---leaving us a nation in which less than 40-50% of fourth graders (and therefore also ANY higher graders) are proficient at reading.
"The achievement gap between children from high- and low-income families is roughly 30 to 40 percent larger among children born in 2001 than among those born twenty-five years earlier. In fact, it appears that the income achievement gap has been growing for at least fifty years..."
(The Widening Academic Achievement Gap Between the Rich and the Poor: New Evidence and Possible Explanations (Chapter 5).  Sean F. Reardon. Stanford University. July 2011. Forthcoming in

Whither Opportunity? Rising Inequality, Schools, and Children’s Life Chances.  Russell Sage Foundation, 2011)

Do you think there is any connection between radically changing reading instruction from teacher-directed, systematic phonics (50years ago) and student-led unsystematic "guess what words say using cues on the page," starting in the 60's (when any sort of order was considered to be oppressive by student radicals who became ed perfessers)?


Read and comprehend the U.S. Constitution?  Ha.  Are you kidding? They can't even spell "constitution."

And when President Bush got Reading First through Congress---a program that awared grant money (mostly for teacher REtraining) to states IF they wrote a coherent proposal based on serious reading research---the hoardes of whole language quacks (and their "Democrat" hit men buddies in Congress) worked hard to kill Reading First.  

If the public of ordinary citizens made reasoned moral judgments, these guys would be considered not merely stupid and hard-headed. They would be considered evil.

If families knew what these guys have done and are doing to their kids, they would handle it the same as if their family doctors talked them out of polio shots.  "Polio vaccinations are not consistent with our philosophy."

One of these days, a hard rain's gonna fall.