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Sold a Story is a six-part series beginning with two episodes on October 20. More: soldastory.org
1: The Problem

1: The Problem

2022-10-2032:5910

Corinne Adams watches her son’s lessons during Zoom school and discovers a dismaying truth: He can’t read. Little Charlie isn’t the only one. Sixty-five percent of fourth graders are not proficient readers. Kids need to learn specific skills to become good readers, and in many schools, those skills are not being taught. Read: Emily Hanford’s reading listRead: Transcript of this episodeMore: soldastory.org
2: The Idea

2: The Idea

2022-10-2051:524

Sixty years ago, Marie Clay developed a way to teach reading she said would help kids who were falling behind. They’d catch up and never need help again. Today, her program remains popular and her theory about how people read is at the root of a lot of reading instruction in schools. But Marie Clay was wrong.  Read: Emily Hanford’s reading listRead: Transcript of this episodeMore: soldastory.org
3: The Battle

3: The Battle

2022-10-2742:013

President George W. Bush made improving reading instruction a priority. He got Congress to provide money to schools that used reading programs supported by scientific research. But backers of Marie Clay’s cueing idea saw Bush’s Reading First initiative as a threat. Read: Transcript of this episodeMore: soldastory.org
4: The Superstar

4: The Superstar

2022-11-0333:484

Teachers sing songs about Teachers College Columbia professor Lucy Calkins. She’s one of the most influential people in American elementary education today. Her admirers call her books bibles. Why didn't she know that scientific research contradicted reading strategies she promoted? Read: Transcript of this episodeMore: soldastory.org
5: The Company

5: The Company

2022-11-1048:20

Teachers call books published by Heinemann their “bibles.” The company’s products are in schools all over the country. Some of those products are rooted in a debunked idea about how children learn to read. But they’ve made the company and some of its authors millions. Map: Heinemann’s national reachRead: Transcript of this episodeMore: soldastory.org
6: The Reckoning

6: The Reckoning

2022-11-1743:362

Lucy Calkins says she has learned from the science of reading. She’s revised her materials. Fountas and Pinnell have not revised theirs. Their publisher, Heinemann, is still selling some products that contain debunked practices. Parents, teachers and lawmakers want answers. In our final episode, we try to get some answers.  Map: How states approach reading instructionRead: Transcript of this episodeMore: soldastory.org
Comments (10)

Barbara Bolich

fabulous! I was Gonzaga-trained by Project FollowThrough zealots...early reading science experts. After almost 30 yrs of teaching I finally had a principal ask me how to improve what we were doing as a sped team. She's now listening to this podcast!

Nov 18th
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little red book

thank you so much for this. I couldn't read until the third grade. my mom got me glasses and enrolled me in an after school phonics program. I went from barely literate to reading the lion the witch and the wardrobe by myself in a year. I taught both my children to read with Bob's books bc I didn't trust the school. they both were solid readers by kindergarten.

Nov 17th
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Shannon Compton

you wouldn't look at science because it came from a republican side? I'm so tired of the politics game.

Nov 12th
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Shannon Compton

of course we can only find that children are not being taught to read when rich kids can't read, of course poor parents are just uneducated swine that wouldn't know anyway 🙄

Nov 9th
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For The Love Of a HORSE

Can I go back to the stuffed shirts and SHOW them their cock sure address to the PARENTS of those children that their way was WRONG? AND..what about those children who grew up and the backlash of "just can't get it" how hard was it for them to hide this, feeling they failed somehow. AND, WHY does every darn thing have to be changed because it's a new year or a community somewhere else across four other states claim the new way is better. I'll tell you what is better...BACK OFF THESE KID'S. Leave what has worked, alone and guess what? If you're a true teacher, if there is an issue with a child, meet it head on with an attitude of assurance to that child, everything will be alright. It's so much more than a job, and it should be felt that way by all teachers, AND I WILL stand by this, parents, you teach your child to respect their teachers, to go to them for help. Then once in a while, for no reason at all, walk in that classroom and tell that person how grateful you are that they chose to do the job they do because most teachers DO care. Leave them to do what they will do and pray that teaching children backs up to feeling again, that they know what they are doing.

Nov 5th
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Elizabeth Stewart

I'm hearing about cops and tazers. can anyone correct this podcast?

Oct 28th
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dungeonsanddragonsanddonuts

Based on the comments, it looks like this was at one point the correct episode, but at the moment, it's the first episode of a different podcast.

Oct 23rd
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Kelly Devlin Volpe

As a parent of two dyslexic children, whose concerns were diminished and dismissed, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of Hanford’s work. The privatization of diagnosis and intervention for children experiencing reading failure all but guarantees few will have access. #untileverychildcanread

Oct 21st
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little red book

I was taught Whole Word. My mom intervened. She got me in a phonics program outside school and now I love reading. I taught my kids with BOBs books. They were both reading by four.

Oct 20th
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