Let’s update the reading/writing curriculum

Let’s update the reading/writing curriculum

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Kerry Knop started this petition to Parents and tax payers

Let’s promote literacy for future generations of Ridgefield children. Let’s end “Whole Language” and the deceivingly named “Balanced Literacy” for the early elementary grades (K-3) and replace it with scientific, evidence-based instruction, which includes explicit phonics, and phonemic awareness, with a sequential scope, delivered in a systematic way. Let us also address older struggling students with appropriate remediation with scientific, evidence-based, explicit, systematic, and sequential instruction which these students have missed due to the ineffective curriculum that is currently in place. Let’s stop the curriculum casualties and create children who can decode (read) and encode (spell). 

The program that RPS currently uses is defined as a “balanced literacy” program.  It has no proven efficacy, and no evidenced-based research by an independent third party.  It is what our teachers are following and our kids are suffering. The program instructs students to guess at words by using context and clues, rather than to decode. It teaches our children compensatory strategies instead of decoding, which has a proven long-term,  negative impact on our children (as proven by evidenced based research).  This program doesn’t allow many general education students, as well as students with Dyslexia, and other learning disabilities, to learn to read properly.  Surrounding our children with a literacy rich environment is not enough to teach them to read and write properly. 

Let’s stop wasting our tax dollars on an outdated, and unfounded literacy program and replace it with an effective Structured Literacy program. Please sign below if you are a Ridgefield resident and support this change. It is our hope that this petition will be brought to our board of education and RPS in an effort to facilitate a positive change. 

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