This is really a hard feat, but Put “Whole Language” on Trial by the King of Know-Nothing edureform is easily the worst NAEP Reading 2019 Hot Take of the week.
Dumb doesn’t get any dumber than this:
An equal-opportunity challenge related to shoddy teacher preparation would likely face the same roadblock. Further, there is little, if any, legal precedent for suing schools of education; even medical schools enjoy significant protections from charges of malpractice related to the physicians they train.
All of which is why it would be important to go after states, and in particular states that have already lost finance-adequacy cases. It would also help if the chosen target states do not require elementary-school teachers to pass an in-depth test of the science of reading before entering the classroom, and if the states host several big education schools that earn failing grades when it comes to preparing candidates to teach reading effectively. States that appear to meet those criteria include Kentucky, South Carolina, and Washington.
So here are a few questions:
- Where is scientific research that how teacher education programs prepare teachers to teach reading is actually how they teach reading once in the field? (Not any.)
- Where is scientific research that there is a causal relationship between how reading is taught (and if those approaches are uniform across an entire state) and NAEP scores? (Not any.)
- And where is scientific research to explain—as
This is all hokem, rhetorical grandstanding that proves to be hollow.
Shouting the “science of reading” proves itself once again to been mere ideology.