One of the key people selected to write the Common Core reading standards is now blowing the whistle on the growing Common Core-induced crisis in literacy wreaking havoc across America. In an interview with Liberty Sentinel’s Alex Newman, Dr. Louisa Moats, an internationally renown reading expert, explained that the Common Core’s foundational literacy programs got it wrong. The result: Major, life-long damage being inflicted on American children.
“My warnings and protests were ignored at the time,” said Dr. Moats. “I knew from my prior experience that the way it was written, organized, would undo a lot of the progress that we had made during the previous eight years. And that’s exactly what happened.”
She said she was “not pleased” with Common Core and was shocked that it was rolled out across America without testing. And she was even more appalled when publishers all began aligning their books with it.
“There’s language in Common Core that’s not based in reality, that doesn’t reflect how children learn to read,” she said. “We have decades of data on what it takes for kids to acquire fluency.”
In particular, she slammed the “sight word” method that forces children to memorize whole words as if they were learning to read Chinese. “This is not how a good reader reads,” Dr. Moats explained.
“There is lots of evidence showing this, including studies about what happens in the brain as children learn to read. It is a myth that kids learn irregular words or learn any words ‘by sight.’ They don’t.”
Dr. Moats also spoke out about the growing federal role in dictating education policy and standards to the states. “I seldom see any federally funded initiative that works the way it’s intended,” explained Moats, a leading expert on the science of reading.
“It made me question what is the role of our U.S. Department of Education,” she added. “What it’s doing now is appalling to me.”
Read more at The Newman Report at FreedomProject Media:
This reading fiasco is exactly what the late Dr. Samuel Blumenfeld and I exposed in Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians Are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children
This quackery is exactly why the government’s own data show 2/3 of adults in DC are functionally illiterate and half of California children can’t read. When they can’t read their high-school diploma, they can’t read their Bible, history books, or anything else.
And believe it or not, the “whole word” and “sight word” quackery that was first exposed as quackery in the mid-1800s is now being pushed at the GLOBAL level by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It’s one of the most critical issues of our time.
You can help spread the word by getting a copy of The New American magazine’s special report on education, Rescuing Our Children, and distributing copies to parents, opinion molders and pastors in your community.
You can listen to Newman’s latest national media interview on the special report on VCYAmerica’s amazing show Cross Talk with Jim Schneider here. Many more recent national interviews on this subject here.
Finally, watch Newman and the amazing Dr. Duke discuss Dr. Moats’ revelations on the Dr. Duke Show below: