What Teachers Should Know About the Science of Reading

Kids aren’t being taught to read, says senior education correspondent Emily Hanford of APM Reports, and that’s because many teachers haven’t learned how reading works.

Hanford’s hard-charging radio documentary, published last fall, has reinflamed decades-old debates about early reading. Her message is clear: The science has shown that systematic, explicit phonics instruction is the necessary foundation for successful reading. But that’s not what teachers are learning in their training, and it’s not what’s happening in schools.

If we want students to learn how to read, teachers need to learn the best practices for teaching reading.


Heidi Nord