Four-in-10 Children Have Trouble Reading Basic Words

This is what happens when you overcrowd the curriculum, stop teaching phonics and word attack strategies and administer mindlessly boring drivel dressed as literature:

Figures published for the first time show that 42 per cent of pupils – almost 250,000 – fail to achieve the expected standard in reading after a year of school.

Data from the Department for Education – based on a new-style test sat this summer – revealed that boys are already slipping far behind girls in terms of their ability to accurately decode a list of 40 words.

White British boys from the poorest backgrounds officially performed worse than any group, other than those from gypsy and traveller families. Just 37 per cent of these children reached the standard expected of their age group.

The disclosure will raise concerns that some groups of children – particularly boys – are being failed in the early years.

It comes just a week after Sats results showed that more than 20,000 boys finished primary school this summer with the reading age of a seven-year-old or worse.

To win this battle we need to promote reading, not just teach it. This can only be done by replacing ‘take-home leveled readers’ with rich, engaging texts. It is essential that our students see the benefits of reading, grow an appreciation for words and word sounds and most of all, come to the conclusion that their teacher is passionate about reading too.


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One Response to “Four-in-10 Children Have Trouble Reading Basic Words”

  1. John Tapscott Says:

    Give teaching back to teachers. Train teachers well before they start teaching. Get rid of the jumping through hoops accreditation processes. If your teachers are well trained they don’t need it. Get rid of state mandated syllabuses. If your teachers are well trained they will know where their students need to go without having to be mandated. Get rid of standardised testing and meaningless assessment taks and let teachers get on with the real job of education. There is more to teaching than than sorting and grading. Get rid of political appointments of education bureaucrats. There is no substitute for leaders who have come up through the ranks and know the ropes. And why are boys faring much worse than girls? Get rid of the feminist agenda in education. Already that has seen females of the worst kind assume power over the system to the detriment of male teachers and male children. I remember one (ah) lady who gloated over me when she was leapfrogged over me into the position of principal. Oh she was good. Just ask her. When she got into the principal’s office one of her first acts was to go through all the basic readers in the school and systematically destroy every reader that depicted what a sane person would call normal family life. That was most of them. She then replaced them with readers that pushed a feminist agenda. She was into power in a way that very few of the old style male principals ever were.

    Am I a misogynist? Certainly not. I have known many females in executive positions who do an excellent job and accord them every respect due to them. I do believe the sexes are different but complementary. What should exist between the sexes is what should exist between all teachers. Namely: collegiality, collaboration and co-operation. Competition has no place in education. It only creates losers. What feminism has done has been to drive a wedge between the sexes with specious arguments about equality and justice. Feminism does not seek equality and justice. It seeks hegemony. How many boys are failing to learn to read? How many role models do they have left in their schools? Is there a groundswell of public opinion in support of affirmative action in favour of boys and encouraging more men to take up teaching? You can bet there is not. Men are just opting out. It’s all too hard.

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