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The End of the Reading Wars

A national committee conducts a review of interventions targeted for young children at risk of having reading problems

July 24, 2005
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This 1998 report from the National Research Council brought an end to the raging "reading wars."

Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children Book CoverPreventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children — edited by Harvard Graduate School of Education Professor Catherine E. Snow, M. Susan Burns, and Peg Griffin — offers groundbreaking consensus on effective literacy practice for young children. A committee of nationally recognized professors and educators, chaired by Snow, concluded that no single reading method, used in isolation, works best for all children. Recommendations encourage teachers to use a mix of phonics and language experiences to support the development of a wide range of learners in a context where literacy demands are increasing at a dramatic rate.

The book is available online, at no charge, on The National Academies Press website.  


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