The Science of Reading or the Ideology of Reading?

The Reading Instruction Show by Dr. Andy Johnson

Episode notes

Despite having the word “science” in their title, the ideas put forth by the Science of Reading are not grounded in science at all, but in pseudo-science, I-think-isms, and anecdotal evidence. In fact, they are promoting an ideology. An ideology is a system of ideas and beliefs. Hence, the SOR would be more accurately named, the Ideology of Reading. What the SOR promotes is based far more on a reading belief system than reading science. Real science puts forth conclusions and recommendations based on a wide body of research. An ideology puts forth a dogma based on a very narrow range of data that must be adhered to.

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