Mom and Dad Are Fighting

How Schools Failed the Reading Test

Emily Hanford, host of Sold a Story, explains why some schools aren’t teaching kids how to read.


Episode Notes

On this episode: We’re going to be talking about why so many kids (and adults) have a difficult time reading. As Emily Hanford, host of Sold a Story: How Teaching Kids to Read Went So Wrong, discovered—some US schools are not actually teaching kids how to read. Instead of teaching research-backed skills that kids need in order to become strong readers, an idea has taken hold in the US education system that students can learn the general gist of words. For some students, this teaching method is good enough. But for others, these teaching methods can actually make learning to read more difficult.

Sold a Story Resources:
Science of Reading List
Discussion  Guide 

Zak: Establishing a kids table for sporadic use at home
Elizabeth: AdSuMuDi Card Game and the online version.  
Jamilah: Cobra Kai

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Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson and Maura Currie.


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Jamilah Lemieux, Elizabeth Newcamp, and Zak Rosen share triumphs and fails and offer advice on parenting kids from toddler to teens.

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