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[Xmca-l] Re: The Test That Can Look Into A Child's (Reading) Future



Peter (Smagorinsky),
It wasn’t hard to find a good article by you that deals with mental health, not just from a Vygotskian perspective, but with lots of personal anecdotes. Perhaps there are other better articles by you on the topic(s). When I started reading/listening to the link from the reading researchers, I felt ill, had to force myself to go through it. Much of that WOULD make me crazy, I think!
Henry



> On Jul 22, 2015, at 12:15 PM, Peter Farruggio <pfarruggio@utpa.edu> wrote:
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> Great! Just what we need to bolster the current tyranny of behavioristic reading instruction, in which "reading" is considered the ability to sound out words, with no regard to understanding the meaning of a text. So, to test this new test empirically, these psychologists will have to take 5-10 years to compare experimental vs control groups on how well they interpret real texts (stories and informational reading); but, instead, they will probably rush to use the usual word lists as a measure of "reading". And they'll likely get funding from the Gates Foundation, Pearson, and other supporters of standardized tests.
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> Here Stephen Krashen pokes fun at this nonsense. He is a staunch advocate of phonemic awareness (PA) training in the womb
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> http://susanohanian.org/show_letter.php?id=1578
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> Pete Farruggio, PhD
> Associate Professor
> Bilingual Education
> University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
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> Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as crazy, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. - Jack Kerouac, letter to Ed White, 1950
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> "The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous. Hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance." ~ George Orwell
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: [mailto:xmca-l-bounces+pfarruggio=utpa.edu@mailman.ucsd.edu] On Behalf Of Peter Smagorinsky
> Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 9:47 AM
> To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity (xmca-l@mailman.ucsd.edu)
> Subject: [Xmca-l] FW: NPR.org - The Test That Can Look Into A Child's (Reading) Future
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> The latest in brain research. Oy.
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> Researchers say they've come up with a 30-minute test that can predict a child's language skill and diagnose learning disabilities.
> Read this story
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> <http://click.et.npr.org/qs=a2884990365f2005045ac7176dd4e1c2bb6953b2acf53946f20dc0182b067512d4eab4f7e137af77>
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