Just to state how much I admire both Kathy and Russ's analysis of this false
debate. There is no question in my own mind that the textbook producers and
testing institutes have formed an alliance to support a very reductive
version of phonics. Whole Language always incorporated a partial phonics
approach but try telling that to the parents' groups.
I spend a lot of time these days shaking my head in disbelief at the idiocy
of all levels of government.
Catherine F. Schryer
Dept. of English
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
(519) 885-1211 (ext 3318)