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A Quick Look At How Sight-Words Harm Children

A Quick Look At How Sight-Words Harm Children
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Reading is the single most important skill that children learn at school. Without reading, everything else proceeds slowly. As English is a phonetic language, phonics should be the default setting for teaching this skill. Please, no more sight-words. Read this booklet and you'll know why. It's free.


Progressive educators forced Whole Word into the classrooms starting around 1930. The results have been disastrous. Our country now has 50 million functional illiterates.

Balanced Literacy, as it is called, is used to keep Whole Word (sight-words) in play. This is a disaster. American children are taught to read in two different ways: phonics and sight-words. Naturally the child's brain is confused.

Many graduate schools of education teach dogmatic untruths about reading. Young teachers might teach Whole Word in good faith, not realizing how destructive it is. Look at what this method is asking children to do: they have to learn words as diagrams. Learning even 100 graphic diagrams (cf. logos) is very hard work.


The best thing that teachers can do for their students is to avoid sight-words entirely. All phonics experts say they can teach virtually every child to read by the end of first grade. It's revealing that Whole Word never promised literacy by the sixth grade, if ever!

By: Bruce Deitrick Price (Improve-Education.org)

Keywords: reading, literacy, phonics, whole word, sight words, illiteracy, alphabet, sounds, comprehension, Rudolf Flesch, functional illiterates, high-frequency words, look-say
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