Saturday 28 July 2012

Nick Gibb replies. My reply to that.

The authors' petition which was printed in the Guardian:

has received several replies:

Here's the link to them:

I have replied as follows:

Dear sir

It seems as if your correspondents replying to our authors' letter ('We all want kids to enjoy reading' July 27) have had a spot of trouble with their reading. Our letter stated quite clearly that we are in favour of the teaching of 'basic phonics'. What is at issue is the question of whether the intensive, exclusive and expensive teaching of phonics results in more children learning to read for meaning. There is no evidence to suggest that it does.  

Yours faithfully,
Michael Rosen.