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March 17, 2004
France goes global

I am under intense time pressure, but do still have time to report some more of the conversation with a French person that I had yesterday about the teaching of reading. See below. Forgive me, no link to that or to anything else, I'm too rushed.

Apparently, in France, they have also been afflicted with "look and say" or with the "whole word" method for the non-teaching of reading. Only they call it the "global" method. And it has been around in France for several decades now, and is doing just the same damage there as it has in the Anglo-Saxon world, including rampant dyslexia. Google for the "Reading Reform Foundation" if you want to know more about the Anglo-Saxon version of this catastrophe. Or you can find it in my permanent links section.

I didn't realise that the educators of France were as stupid as ours, but apparently they are.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 11:47 PM
Category: Literacy

Yes, in France we have our "educrats" too.

In fact, the "whole language" method in its purest form has been tried about 40 years ago. The results were catastrophic.

Now, it has been replaced with "balanced" method, a mixture of whole language and phonics, which seems as inneficient as pure whole language.

What scares me is our inability to learn from other's mistakes...

Comment by: reformeducation on March 20, 2004 10:42 PM

I have two children aged six and eight in French schools. In my experience, the awful methode globale is restricted ot nursery school (up to age 6) and after that when proper school begins teaching changes to phonics. I suppose zealots of this method feel that if you can confuse a child early enough it will last his entire school career and beyond .....

Comment by: La Marquise on March 22, 2004 11:14 AM
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