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Reading: the Truth

P.L. Thomas explains the fundamental problems of levels in reading here: https://radicalscholarship.wordpress.com/2015/05/24/beware-grade-level-reading-and-the-cult-of-proficiency/.

He begins by pointing out, as many of us have, the narrow definition of reading offered by those who would assign numbers, measure reading, assess reading, count words and syllables. Reading by-the-numbers basically boils down to comprehension and decoding in these circumstances. Critical literacy, reflective reading, aesthetic reading: those are neglected when it comes to reading by-the-numbers.

And perhaps the most important point: when we level texts, we level kids as well.
Tags: idiocy, reading levels
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