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The Farce of Balanced Literacy

Who doesn't like balance in life? We strive for balance in yoga, we talk about work/life balance, and the term balance is often associated with happy, well-adjusted people.


Basically, put "balance" in front of something, and it's a great sell job. Even though I'm being sold an idea, it's important to break it down and look at the actual facts of the term and why it may or may not work.


Balanced literacy sounds good! Who wouldn't want balance in their reading and writing programs? Someone who believes in the power of scientific research is my answer.


We've studied the science of reading and literacy since 1979, and the findings are that a structured approach to teaching reading and writing is the approach that works.


"Balanced Literacy" is just a renaming of "whole language" which has been proven to not work.



This rebranding of an old, outdated teaching theory must be laid to rest. The Science of Reading is the way to go if we want to increase literacy and teach well. Please read the webpage below, if you would like to learn more about The Science of Reading. What Is the Science of Reading? The term “science of reading” refers to the research that reading experts, especially cognitive scientists, have conducted on how we learn to read. This body of knowledge, over twenty years in the making, has helped debunk older methods of reading instruction that were based on tradition and observation, not evidence.