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Reading the Naked Truth: Literacy, Legislation, and Lies

reviewed by Rebecca Rogers - 2004

coverTitle: Reading the Naked Truth: Literacy, Legislation, and Lies
Author(s): Gerald Coles
Publisher: Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
ISBN: 0325003378 , Pages: 184, Year: 2003
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Reading the Naked Truth: Literacy, Legislation, and Lies is a review and critique of the research used in the National Reading Panel (NRP) report. Coles situates the NRP in its socio-historical-political context, providing a readable walk through the history of events leading up to the NRP. The majority of the book is devoted to Coles’ reanalysis of the studies included in the NRP report. A concluding chapter links Bush’s legislative decisions to his literate history. This book adds to a growing number of other reports that demonstrate the hegemonic forces driving national reading agendas (Allington, 2002a; Garan, 2002; Smith, 2003; Woodside-Jiron, 2004). In chapters 1 & 2, Coles provides the socio-historical context in which the NRP emerged. This brief timeline of events includes how reading became boiled down to five main areas; the relation to the National Academy of Science and Preventing Reading Difficulties (Snow, Burns, & Griffin, 1998); responses from professional organizations to Preventing Reading Difficulties; the background of the hand-picked NRP panel; the construction of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 5, 2004, p. 961-964
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11256, Date Accessed: 8/11/2020 3:56:29 PM

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  • Rebecca Rogers
    Washington University in St. Louis
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    Rebecca Rogers is an assistant professor of Literacy Education at Washington University in St. Louis. Her book A Critical Discourse Analysis of Family Literacy Practices: Power in and out of Print (2003; Lawrence Erlbaum Associates) was awarded the Edward Fry Book Award. She is the editor of An Introduction to Critical Discourse Analysis in Education, (2004; Lawrence Erlbaum Associates). Rogers is currently working on a research project that inquires into the complexities of critical literacies in adult and elementary education classrooms.
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