Chapter 3 of Zig Engelmann’s book on Direct Instruction and Project Follow Through is now up on his web site. D-Ed Reckoning provides a devastating quote from a discussion between Engelmann and the senior reading teacher, who argues his lockstep reading program squashes teachers’ creativity. A first-year teacher interrupts.
She said, â€œAngie, you know more about reading than Iâ€™ll ever know. You know linguistics, and all those theories I donâ€™t understand. All I know how to do is follow the program. I do what it tells me to do in black type, and I say what it tells me to say in red type. But Angie, my kids read better than your kids, and you know it.â€
Also on D-Ed Reckoning: Reading First has earned the Office of Management and Budget’s highest rating for effectiveness. Only 17 percent of all federal programs are rated “effective” by OMB, D-Ed says.