A New Book, "Uncovering the Logic of English," Endorsed by Temple Grandin& Dr. Reid Lyon, Reveals Answers to Teaching Reading More Effectively
The new book, "Uncovering the Logic of English: A Common-Sense Solution to America's LiteracyCrisis" demonstrates how current reading methods may be ineffective for teaching our futureengineers and scientists. These logically minded students need to be taught systematically and provided consistent rules. Author Denise Eide unveils the hidden logic which explains 98% of English words and powerfully demonstrates how this knowledge should be as foundational to our education system as 1+1=2.
Rochester, MN, April 12, 2011 --(PR.com)-- The United States must address the reality that 68% of eighth graders read below grade level (Nation's Report Card) before attempting to raise math and sciencescores. Many of the U.S.'s brightest math and science students struggle with the seemingly illogicalnature of the English language and are left behind in the foundational skill of reading. Yet NICHD andFunctional MRI studies conclusively demonstrate that there is a solution: systematic and explicitinstruction. In "Uncovering the Logic of English: A Common-Sense Solution to America's LiteracyCrisis," author Denise Eide clearly demonstrates how all students benefit when provided systematic andexplicit instruction about how to break the complex code of English spelling and reading.Longitudinal studies conducted by the NICHD reveal that systematic and explicit instruction improves allstudents' ability to read. In one study by Dr. John Torgesen, 30% of students reading below the 30thpercentile to was reduced to 4% with only 88 hours of instruction. These dramatic results are alsoconfirmed by Functional MRI studies about reading performed by Dr. Reid Lyon, DistinguishedProfessor of Education Policy and Leadership Southern Methodist University & Distinguished Scientistin Cognition and Neuroscience Center for Brain Health University of Texas, Dallas. fMRI scans of thebrains of struggling readers reveal different neurological patterns than those of strong readers. Strugglingreaders appear to rely on the right frontal lobe, whereas strong readers rely on the language centers in theback left side of the brain. What is remarkable is that with as little as 80 hours of systematic and explicitreading and spelling instruction, not only do students make dramatic improvements in reading but theirbrain's are rewired to look like those of a strong reader.In order to solve the educational crisis, the United States needs to begin in elementary school and ensurethat all students learn to read by third grade. In order to accomplish this task parents, teachers, and theculture at large must let go of the widely held myth that English is illogical and full of exceptions.In one slim volume, "Uncovering the Logic of English" presents the rules and phonograms whichdescribe 98% of English words and demonstrates how this knowledge revolutionizes reading, spelling,and vocabulary development. Simple answers are given for questions such as: Why is there a silent finalE in "have?" Why don't we drop the E in "courageous?? Why does C say both /k/ and /s/ in the word"accent?? Why is "progression" spelled with -sion rather than -tion? As the rules unfold it becomesapparent how this knowledge is vital to reversing the educational crisis that is plaguing America and whyit should be as foundational to education as learning 1+1=2.