Balancing Principles for Teaching Elementary Reading

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I
Our Professional Stance

James Hoffman V The University of Texas at Austin

. . . nothing that has ever been written whether in verse or prose merits much serious attention.

. . . any serious student of serious realities will shrink from making truth the helpless object of men's ill-will by committing it to writing.

Plato, Phaedrus ( 370 BC)

Literacy is a glorious discovery -- for those societies and those individuals who have been fortunate enough to join the "literacy club." Plato may have been accurate in his assessment of the place of writing in the world of 300 BC, but his remarks are clearly out of line with the reality of today -- so far out of line that they underscore the ever changing nature of literacy in our society. The third millennium promises even greater changes.

Literacy, in the context of the human development, is a relatively recent invention, barely 6,000 years old.1 Cultures across time have evolved in their use of basic forms of writing systems (from pictographic to logographic and alpha-

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Notes x
  • I - Our Professional Stance 1
  • Notes 9
  • II - Our Principles and Our Practices 11
  • Notes 56
  • III - Our Past and Our Present 59
  • Notes 73
  • IV - Our Plans and Our Future 75
  • Notes 100
  • Author Index 103
  • Subject Index 107
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