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March 21, 2006

Yet More Phonics


Schools will be required by law to teach reading in the traditional way, Ruth Kelly, the Education Secretary, announced yesterday.

Yes, yes, I know, everytime I mention phonics there’s comments that obviously it’s the best thing to do and also that it doesn’t work for everyone and.....

My objection is that it’s made into the law of the land. Whether to use it or not as a method. If we are to still regard teachers as professsionals then we should actually employ them as such. Fine, you’re a qualified professional person. We trust you. Get on with it. This sort of level of detailed instruction is simply insanely prescriptive, to insist, by law, on a specific method of tuition from the centre.

No wonder we’re sometimes called the most centralised State in Europe.

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I know I say this every time, but the trouble with this level of centralisation is that they may be pushing the best formula (for most pupils, anyway) now but who can say what the next government but one will take it into their heads to do?

Posted by: Natalie Solent | Mar 21, 2006 5:00:02 PM