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Blogging On History, Science, and Education

Literacy wins, History Loses, says An Education Week Headline

Seems that “literacy” programs are being funded, but history programs are not in the latest federal budget. But literacy doesn’t win when history loses. Few subjects are better suited for teaching critical reading than history. A discipline that gives you people, ideas, and stories, it demands research and thinking and writing. We hardly each it in the early grades, and our children have paid a price for that. t
Is it possible we’ve gone astray with more and more “literacy” instruction and less and less content? Too often “literacy” is seen as a set of testable skills, divorced from whole books, and focused on paragraph analysis. Those of us who do a lot of reading, know we didn’t get there by learning strategies. What we did was read stories. Often true stories about real people.
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