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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000697.txt from 2000/04

From: "Dee D. Hays" <deehays@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] good beginner books
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2000 02:03:22 -0400

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From: "J. Hobby" <jhobby@-----.net>
Subject: [kl] good beginner books

> [snip]... There's no need to justify the "whole word" method of teaching
reading.
> People taught to read by the whole word method, or by a combination of
> whole word and phonics, are better readers than those taught by phonics,
> alone.

I suggest people interested in the "whole word" versus phonics approaches to
reading check out this article. Please read the entire article. There is a
great deal to refute the "whole word" approach both in the article itself
and the links to other articles.

http://www.policyreview.com/nov97/flunk.html

The only "flaw" that people can find in phonics is that it can be boring if
the teacher doesn't also provide interesting literature for the students to
read as they master the basics of phonics. Actually this is a similar
problem to drills in music. If the teacher doesn't provide some interesting
material that incorporates the techniques just covered in the drills, the
student gets bored.

However since this is a clarinet list, I prefer not to pursue the debate.
There is sufficient material on the web to keep a person busy for days
studying this issue.

Dee Hays
Canton, SD

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