The Critical Missed Step
About the Book
The root cause for present-day literacy problems has never been seriously considered. This book attempts to explain the facts.
About the Author
As a third-grade teacher, Geraldine E. Rodgers was appalled by the reading inadequacies of the children arriving at third grade after having “learned” to read with the standard sight-word readers. To study the problem, she took a sabbatical leave in 1977 to observe first graders and to test over 900 of the resultant second graders in their own languages, in the United States, Holland, Sweden, Germany, Austria and France. She found that two dominant and quite different types of readers resulted, from differences in beginning first grade methods. She then spent the following thirty or so years researching the history of the teaching of reading, in the Library of Congress, Harvard University, the British Library in London, and many other sources, and as a result has published a 3-volume history, and four other texts concerning the problem..