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ERIC Number: ED265527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Disguising the Issues in Education.
Berger, Allen
None of the current issues in education have much to do with education; they are politically, socially, or economically based, and opinions tend to be presented as facts. For example illiteracy statistics are inflated. Virtually all children have the opportunity to learn to read and write at school, and the majority of them do. Neither is the adult literacy problem an epidemic. Bilingualism in the schools has also become politicized, and those making pronouncements on bilingual education are not necessarily experts in the field. Students with so-called learning disabilities and dyslexia can be helped more by instruction than by the mislabeling that brings more funds into the schools. Rudolf Flesch has kept the phonics issue alive, but teaching phonics to children who already know how to read is like teaching the basics of driving to people who know how to drive. Because of the increase in working mothers, there is a trend toward earlier formal education with a focus on reading, although the benefits of such instruction are not proven. Schools spend money on word processors for composition instruction to improve thinking skills, when it is clear thinking that leads to clear writing. Finally, textbook publishers rush to respond to the politics of the states with the largest textbook contracts. Nevertheless, what many in education have been saying for years is now being said by persons in power. If educational issues are put into a proper, realistic perspective, they can be solved. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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