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The Reading Glitch: How the Culture Wars Have Hijacked Reading Instruction — And What We Can Do About It


reviewed by Aparna Mishra Tarc — March 05, 2007

coverTitle: The Reading Glitch: How the Culture Wars Have Hijacked Reading Instruction — And What We Can Do About It
Author(s): Lee Sherman & Betsy Ramsey
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 1578864011 , Pages: 256, Year: 2006
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In The Reading Glitch, Lee Sherman and Betsy Ramsey attempt to sort through the messy and complicated conflict between advocates of phonics and whole language. This debate has come to characterize the fraught terrain of reading instruction in education. Neither Sherman nor Ramsey is an educationalist in the conventional sense. Instead, their interest in reading instruction is motivated by personal and professional experience. As each indicates in the introduction to the book, both have spent time engaging with formalized reading instruction in school through the painful and compelling experiences of (their) children. Particularly moving is Ramsey’s recounting of her son Jon’s painful encounters with reading as a child with dyslexia. These experiences are used to support many of the claims about reading instruction made in the book. I looked forward to reading this book because I have also been frustrated with the “reading wars” that have come to dominate contemporary discourses... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 05, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13724, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 12:52:03 AM

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  • Aparna Tarc
    York University, Toronto
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    APARNA MISHRA TARC is a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Cultural, Language and Teaching at York University in Toronto. She is presently completing her doctoral dissertation entitled “Literacy of the Other”. She has recently published articles in Educational Philosophy and Theory and Educational Theory.
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