Why Aren’t American Kids Being Taught To Read?

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Kindergartners in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Bethlehem Area School District realized its reading instruction did not reflect what research shows about how children learn to read, so the schools have changed their approach.

For generations, educators have fought about how kids learn to read and what that means about how they should be taught. Now, there is definitive evidence from neuroscience on how the brain learns to read and it suggests very different approaches to reading instruction than those that are commonly found in schools. We explore why the reading science is not making its way into American classrooms – or teacher preparation programs – and what can be done about it.

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