Turning Back the Tide of Illiteracy
Marguerite Field Hoerl
An understandable, clearly written, yet fully documented history of the
methods of teaching reading in America through this century.
What is Phonics? Even many educators are uncertain — or wrong — because
they went through the same schools of education that have taught that there
is only one way to teach reading. But what does the hard research show? With
this forthright resource, parents, legislators, media representatives,
‘community activists’, and even educators can inform themselves to knowledgeably
discuss what must be done to ensure the success of our youth and future generations.
|Quality Softcover, 246 Pages, Tables, References, Appendices, Index,
Stock # 344220, ISBN 0-89420-298-7, $18.95
— The Imprisonment of Potential
Michael S. Brunner
"A unique work that should be a must for libraries, educators, and any
concerned about the literacy debate and the state of our schools." Millions
of adults in the United States are functionally illiterate. But before they
became adults they were children in our public school systems. Too many of
these children also become wards of the juvenile justice system.
This landmark book examines the relationships between juvenile illiteracy
and the methods that are commonly used to teach reading, and what proportion
of juvenile crime might be attributable to the failure of our school systems.
The book also serves to report the results of a unique survey of literacy
educators at juvenile detention facilities regarding their own educational
background, preferred methods for teaching reading, and perceptions about the
efficacy of different methods. Thus readers may judge whether juveniles are
likely to leave the justice systems any better prepared to succeed in school
or the working world than when they entered. This also has significant
implications for public schools, since public school reading teachers have
received the same instruction as those serving in juvenile correctional
|158 pages, Tables, Appendices, References, Index ISBN 0-89420-292-8,
Stock # 344150, $16.95
Retarding America (Video)
Michael S. Brunner
Based upon the book above, this program documents how teaching word
recognition skills will determine whether or not students will succeed
or fail in learning to read accurately and fluently what they can talk
about and understand. Moreover, interviews with researchers, teacher
educators, juvenile correctional administrators and professional staff,
classroom teachers, and incarcerated juvenile offenders show reading
failure as a major contributor to anti-social aggression which in many
cases leads to juvenile crime.
Whole-language reading theory, as well as the kinds of research concerning
it, is examined. In addition, an instructional approach found most effective
in preventing reading failure as well as remediating it is discussed by
classroom teachers in both public schools and juvenile correctional training
Most important, evidence is provided to show that effective reading instruction
can reduce anti-social aggression, thus reducing recidivism and increasing
employment opportunity for juvenile offenders.
|28 minute VHS videotape, stock # 461020 $19.95
the Code (Video)
Michael S. Brunner
An informal introduction to the basic phonics "phonemes" — the different
sounds that the English language uses, and how they can be introduced to children.
Breaking the Code also serves to demonstrate that the English language is
not as "irregular" as most of us have always assumed. A must for both parents
and teachers unfamiliar with phonics principles.
|90-minute VHS videotape, Stock # 461035, $24.95
Preventing Reading Failure
— An Examination of the Myths of Reading Instruction
Patrick Groff, Ed.D., San Diego State University
Authored by one of the nation's foremost reading authorities, this book
is a "superb analysis of twelve fallacious beliefs that are responsible
for the perpetuation of ineffective and inappropriate approaches to reading
instruction," according to Dr. Barbara Bateman, Professor of Education at
the University of Oregon.
Understanding that these "myths of reading instruction" are patently
and demonstrably false is the first step toward increased literacy in our
nation. The next step is overthrowing these myths. Fortunately, Dr. Groff
shows us how this can be done. Very simply, we have been using the wrong
techniques of reading instruction. It seems incredible that the education
establishment could have persisted in the folly of inappropriate reading
methodology, over so many years and with so many millions of failures.
Had we not known how to teach children to read easily and well, this
persistence in ineffective methods would have been more understandable.
However, we have had highly successful methods, programs and techniques
for many, many years. Not only have we had successful programs, but we
have had ample and conclusive research evidence of their efficacy. Dr.
Groff explains why most schools have failed to use them.
|Softcover, 230 Pages, Bibliography, Index, Stock # 341150,
ISBN 0-89420-252-9, $19.95
Private Sector Alternatives for Preventing
Patrick Groff, Ed.D.
A directory of national organizations that provides a rationale for their need
and an assessment of the professional training they make available for both
prospective and inservice teachers of reading.
|Softcover, 120 Pages, Bibliography, Index, Appendix, Stock # 341175,
ISBN 0-89420-262-6, $14.90