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The Gap Between The Science On Kids And Reading, And How It Is Taught

Two thirds of the nation's school children struggle with reading. Neuroscientist Mark Seidenberg says teachers need a better understanding of what science knows about how kids learn to read.
Source: LA Johnson

Mark Seidenberg is not the first researcher to reach the stunning conclusion that only a third of the nation's school children read at grade level. The reasons are numerous, but one that Seidenberg cites over and over again is this: The way kids are taught to read in school is disconnected from the latest research, namely how language and speech actually develop in a child's brain.

Seidenberg is a cognitive scientist and professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his latest book, , he points out that theto grasp. He says it requires some basic understanding of brain research and the "mechanics" of reading, or what is often referred to as phonics.

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