“At a time when some media figures and others insist on a one-size-fits-all, phonics-centric approach to reading—and attempt to delegitimize holistic, meaning-based reading  instruction—Dr. Paul Thomas has published a book to  help provide clarity. How to End the Reading War and Serve the Literacy Needs of All Students: A Primer for Parents, Policy Makers, and People Who Care (2020) arrived in a world where literacy educators observe with dismay the replacement of their expertise with a zeal for the captivating rhetoric of the so-called “science of reading.” As Dr. Thomas points out, the reading war has been underway for decades, but for educators who lack a historical perspective, these recent attacks on balanced literacy and whole language perspectives feel newly damaging.”

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