ERIC Number: ED084493
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Let's Clear the Clutter: The Need to Bury Antiquated Ideas in Order to Accept the New. Foundation Publication No. 12.
In this paper the author examines the more commonly accepted causes of failure in reading and argues that all of them are related to and explained by two major problems: the lack of proficiency in the spoken language and traditional orthography, the medium in which reading is most commonly taught. Each of the factors generally accepted as affecting the child's future success is discussed. These factors and the author's reaction to them are: (1) The spurious nature of the correlation between IQ and reading ability should be recognized and linguistic competence brought into the equation. (2) The correlation between socioeconomic level and reading success is as irrelevant to success in learning to read as linguistic competence is relevant. (3) It is the language spoken orally around the child, not the literature in the home, which is the factor relevant to correlation. (4) The correlation between emotional stability and reading should be classed on its own. (5) Physical amenities of the home should be looked at in terms of language usage in the home, not whether tap water flows. (6) Maturity of the learner relates to success in reading only indirectly through language and associate experiences. (WR)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Intelligence Quotient, Language Ability, Orthographic Symbols, Reading, Reading Ability, Reading Achievement, Reading Failure, Reading Improvement, Reading Instruction, Reading Skills, Socioeconomic Background
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Authoring Institution: Initial Teaching Alphabet Foundation, London (England).