Letter to the Editor: Recommended Method for Teaching Reading

Submitted by Monika Ackerly

I want to point out the ineffective reading instruction utilized by Bedford Public Schools. 

All over the country, including Boston Public Schools, the evidence-based structured literacy approach, a phonics-based approach, is being adopted as the general reading curriculum to ensure that every child can read.

Bedford continues to use Balanced Literacy to teach children to guess, not to sound out or dissect words. When will it change and stop failing our kiddos??

Something to question, research and report on.

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Jennifer Hollman
October 23, 2023 6:29 pm

Thank you for writing this letter & starting this conversation! I 100% agree with you! We know the current curriculum does not work, why are we still using it? Needs to change ASAP!

Ellen Macklin
October 23, 2023 10:09 pm

As a retired Special Ed teacher, I believe the best Reading Program is Wilson Reading. It is based on phonics, hearing the word as you read it, repeating it, and then writing a sentence and other associated assignments. The word is then used and read so that it is remembered, spelled and pronounced properly. I never found a student who did not succeed using that method.

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