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!
The anti-phonics crackpots have been out again this weekend. On Saturday, Mike Lloyd-Jonesmade me smile when he pointed out the spurious logic of one anti-phonics writer of a letter to the Guardian newspaper. The writer attempted to discredit phonics by using the kind of invented spelling that phonics advocates have by now become used to: ‘fonics’ and… Continue reading Broadcasting grouse!