Here’s a follow up to ‘A Rose but …’ Debbie Hepplewhite of the Reading Reform Foundation summed up the Report pretty well I thought:
“I’ve now read through Rose’s Dyslexia Report – some parts too quickly so I need to re-read – however there is a lack of clarity and lack of mention of different types of phonics and different types of teaching.
Rose goes to some lengths to describe the details of various courses for training as a dyslexia specialist – but the report leaves many unanswered questions for me about the details of content and methodology of ‘interventions’.
In fact, there is very little information indeed about ‘interventions’ and no real mention of the fact that many local authorities and the government itself and the National Strategies team currently promote interventions which are ‘whole language’.”
Frankly, I’m disgusted with the report. If it doesn’t provide a clear vision of what to do about children who can’t read and spell, then what good is it.
Now, here’s a story for you:
In the seventies, the newly formed Anti Nazi League approached Ernie Roberts, an executive member of the AUEW(Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers)and one-time assistant General-Secretary, to ask him to lend his name in support. His executive were resolutely opposed to the ANL. However, Roberts, coming up to retirement anyway, went with his gut instincts and came out publicly in support. It might not sound like much but, in those days, it was quite a big deal for someone to go against such a powerful union body (which included Hughie Scanlon!), particularly when they had been such a central part of it for so long.
What a contrast with our not-so-fragrant knight, who had the opportunity to tell the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families that the DCSF shouldn’t be promoting two antagonistic approaches. And to tell us what works in catching up these desperate, illiterate kids!
Blake’s poem doesn’t seem such a bad metaphor.