This approach to teaching literacy is FRIGHTENING! It goes against the "best practices" as seen by many districts and specialists. I fear that teaching will become less and less desirable over the next several years. Will basal readers make a comeback? Will differentiation be frowned upon? How will struggling students ever close their gaps and advanced students be challenged? I have seen some reading programs that mix a basal approach with differentiated material. Some seem decent, but they are expensive! Where will schools get the funding to replace the materials we have now? I'm concerned that instead of reform, we are setting many students up for failure.
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