Background Books on Reading Instruction/Education

48.   Preventing Reading Failure: An Examination Of the Myths Of Reading Instruction— Dr. Patrick Groff: Recommended reading for everyone concerned with our nation’s education, especially those involved with the reading debate and in teaching reading, because it exposes many of the myths that are currently taught to prospective teachers by the colleges of education; in-depth bibliography of reviews of research on phonics; paperback; 208 pages. 

49.   The Whole Language/OBE Fraud—Samuel Blumenfeld: Mr. Blumenfeld writes with his usual clarity, accuracy, and power of meticulous research; a comprehensive analysis of the “federalizing” of education in America, including whole language and Outcome Based Education (OBE). Must reading; paperback; 351 pages. 

50.   Educating for the New World Order—B.K. Eakman: Story of how an extraordinarily determined and intelligent woman stood up to the educational bureaucracy and accidentally uncovered a scheme to redirect both the control and purpose of American education. The book revolves around eight legal and ethical issues and is detailed and articulate; paperback; 291 pages.

51.   Retarding America: The Imprisonment of Potential—Michael S. Brunner: Forcefully and accurately reveals that the primary method used to teach reading in our schools “may contribute in large measure to the burgeoning juvenile delinquency this nation now suffers...empirical evidence ...has led some scholars to equate it with academic child abuse.” Documents and details that sustained frustration due to inablility to read and failure to achieve selected academic goals may lead to delinquency; paperback, 158 pages.

52.   War Against the Schools’ Academic Child Abuse—Dr. Siegfried Engelmann: Prof. Engelmann, a meticulous researcher and the author of numerous books and instructional programs, including the highly successful DISTAR (now Reading Mastery; see below) reading program, “has declared war upon educational practices that literally constitute child abuse,” wanting to protect children against irresponsible practices that cause unnecessary failure of foundation skills; paperback, 112 pages.

53.   Reading, Writing, and Creativity—Raymond E. Laurita: This book records   the results of Mr. Laurita’s reflection and experiences as a result of his having taught at every level from junior high school through graduate course work and having engaged at every level of the elementary school in the field of learning disabilities in the clinical remedial and tutorial situation. In private practice, he has treated all ages and kinds of disability from mildly disabled to grossly impaired, brain-damaged children; paperback.

54.   The Pittsburgh Study — Beck-McCaslin: Analysis of four standard basals (Houghton-Mifflin, Ginn, Open Highways, and Bank Street) and four phonetic-linguistic programs (Distar, Sullivan, Palo Alto, and Merrill).

55.   Marva Collins’ Way — Marva Collins and Civia Tamarkin: America’s most outspoken and controversial educator shares her secrets for returning excellence in education and quality in the classrooms. Marva, an effective and an inspirational teacher, demonstrates how parents and teachers can make any child an achiever.

56.   Why Johnny Still Can’t Read — Dr. Rudolf Flesch: Eye-opening book dealing with a national scandal: Fifty-year destruction of the American educational system. Educators’ ten favorite alibis & case histories of these phony alibis; written 25 years after his Why Johnny Can’t Read; paperback; 191 pages.

57.   Programmed Illiteracy In Our Schools — Mary Johnson: Shows that the individual can make herself heard and can contribute to improving the quality of education. Simple instructions for parents to teach letter sounds, word building & basic spelling; remedial assistance for older children. Practical tests for classroom use by teachers; paperback; 170 pages. 

58.   Schoolwise: A Parent’s Guide to Getting the Best Education for Your Child — Martha C. Brown: For public and private school parents who wish to advocate for their children and work for meaningful changes in the schools; paperback; 256 pages.

59.   The Interactive Parent: How To Help Your Child Survive and Succeed in the Public Schools — Dr. Linwood Laughy: Includes some depressing facts on academic standards of the colleges of education and the academic levels of teachers; helps understand the schools and how to deal with them; does not deal with teaching methods; paperback; 203 pages.

60. The New Illiterates: And How to Keep Your Child From Becoming One — Samuel Blumenfeld: Originally published in 1973 (republished in 1988) in an attempt to enlighten the educators on the scandalous reading problem; important for parents in understanding the reading instruction debate; paperback; 358 pages.

61.   Private Sector Alternatives For Preventing Reading Failure A directory of national organizations that provides a rationale for their need and an assessment of the professional training they make available for prospective or inservice teachers of reading — Dr. Patrick Groff: Includes comments on a survey revealing the failure of colleges of education to use the research supporting phonics as the superior method of teaching reading and discusses the “Great American Reading Machine” which creates a monopoly in the training of teachers; 8_VP_EQN_8.GIF“ x 11" paperback; 119 pages.

62.   NEA: Trojan Horse In American Education — Samuel Blumenfeld: Evaluation of NEA activities in and out of education; paperback.

63.   The Closing Of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls Of Today’s Students — Dr. Allan Bloom: hardback (sale while books last). 

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