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Phonics example

I am more than a little puzzled about this phonics business. But anyway, the following quote caught my attention:

"In many [British] teachers minds, phonics equals right-wing, traditional, drill and skill, boring, anti-child-centred Gradgrind education. Over in the United States, phonics is portrayed as being closely aligned to the Christian fundamentalist right. The No child left behind act mandated phonics. Hell, Dubya loves phonics, so it follows that all right-minded progressive folks need to be against them."

As someone who was taught to read and write by phonics (and who never noticed any political or religious element to it), I would be interested to read a quote from someone who was opposed to its use. The quote supplied, however, is from a pro-phonics source, as an example of "the kind of attitude" that the author perceives among those who are opposed to phonics. Are there any quotes from actual anti-phonics, anti-conservative sources we could use instead? A line from a Democrat politician maybe? Or from a decision by a predominantly-liberal school board not to use phonics? Eoinc 09:49, 13 May 2008 (EDT)

There are plenty of examples - and the teachers' text book written by Constance Weaver is a classic one - but you might find this an interesting (although long) read. 10px Fox (talk|contribs) 11:56, 13 May 2008 (EDT)
Swift google: [1], [2], [3] 10px Fox (talk|contribs) 12:03, 13 May 2008 (EDT)

I read a newspaper column nearly a decade ago which castigated "any political party" which would deliberately pursue educational policies that bring about ignorance, docility and obedience on the part of the lower classes. If it were white Republicans promoting such policies, they'd be voted out of office in a heartbeat.

The column went on to prove that it was actually Democratic politicians (and teacher's union leaders) who were promoting these educational policies - while taking care to send their own children to private schools which used effective techniques.

Sounds like material for an article. Care to collaborate on this, Fox? --Ed Poor Talk 12:11, 13 May 2008 (EDT)