I'm also adding it to the infamous 'phonics debate' thread as the debate is referenced in the article:
Kids in the crossfire: ‘It’s not just that they can’t read - it affects every minute of their day'
Teaching literacy is a new frontier in the culture wars, with students who struggle with this most vital life skill the primary casualties.
By Jordan Baker
5th March 2021
https://www.smh.com.au/national/kids-in ... 56kf6.html
Although this article is rather long, it's really good and essential reading to see how the educational and political authorities are steeped in the reading debate - not just the teachers - but often those in political and educational authority or either promoting progress or impeding it.
You try to hold people in educational and political authority to account on this topic of reading instruction!!! It's nigh on impossible.
Without a doubt the education children receive continues to be no better than 'chance'.