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In Oklahoma, a discredited theory of reading is widely used


September 29, 2019

Melissa Ahlgrim

In classrooms across Oklahoma and the nation, students are taught to read using a theory that has been discredited by decades of research by brain scientists.

This "three-cueing system," first proposed in 1967, is pervasive in reading instruction and curriculum. Students are instructed to use strategies that include memorizing words, using pictures on the page to decipher a word and skipping words they don't know.

Teaching these strategies actually makes it harder for kids to learn to read, studies show. Yet many educators and parents don't realize there's anything wrong with it, according...

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