Date: 21-Sep-2005 From: Elizabeth Gangeri <Elizabeth.Gangerierlbaum.com> Subject: The Linguistics, Neurology, and Politics of Phonics: Strauss
Title: The Linguistics, Neurology, and Politics of Phonics
Subtitle: Silent "e" Speaks Out
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Author: Steven L. Strauss, Franklin Square Hospital
Hardback: ISBN: 080584743X Pages: 224 Price: U.S. $ 69.95
Paperback: ISBN: 0805852441 Pages: 224 Price: U.S. $ 29.95
This book explores the driving forces behind the current government-sponsored resurrection of phonics, and the arguments used to justify it. It examines the roles played by three key factors--corporate America, politicians, and state-supported reading researchers--in the formulation of what Strauss terms the neophonics political program.
Offering up-to-date information and an original critique, this book makes two important contributions. One is the policy analysis linking government agencies, policymakers, and corporate interests. The second is the neurological and linguistic treatment of why traditional phonics programs are not the solution and why the rhetoric developed to support their resurgence is so far off the mark. This volume is essential for researchers, students, and teachers of literacy and reading, and for anyone seeking to understand what is happening in U.S. public schools today.