Archive for February 28th, 2003

28th February
2003

First Published in The New York Sun, February 28, 2003
By Andrew Wolf

In his Martin Luther King Jr. birthday speech on education, Mayor Bloomberg promised to put in place a reading program with a heavy emphasis on phonics. He did so because there is growing recognition among the public — a recognition that is now backed up by federal law — that the way children are taught to read must be determined by hard research rather than soft ideology.

Less than a week after Mr. Bloomberg’s speech, Schools Chancellor Klein announced a new uniform curriculum. He did this at P.S. 172 in Brooklyn, an admirable school that is achieving impressive results. The two programs announced, Everyday Mathematics and Month-by-Month Phonics, are both currently in place at P.S. 172. (more…)