I just got the following comment on my blog posting ‘The English writing system’ (26/04/2014) from Bruce Price, who describes himself as an ‘writer, artist, [and] education activist: Rudolf Flesch and Denise Eide say that English is 98% phonetic, more or less. They get to this number by conceding every debatable point.But I think this… Continue reading No non-phonetic words, Shakespeare and St George!
Mike Lloyd-Jones’s new book Phonics and the Resistance to Reading is an absolute cracker! Without in the least patronising his readership, Mike’s panoptic survey of the teaching of reading takes us back to the beginning of the nineteenth century and all the way to the present day. His story begins in 1807, where, he says,… Continue reading Down with miserablism!
Posting from Perth, Western Australia. I thought you might like to know that Pro5, the organisation charged with administering match-funding on behalf of the DfE has just sent us an email to confirm that the initiative has officially been wound up as of 31st March 2014. They also added the following: The DfE have provided… Continue reading The death of match-funding