Topic: This thing has many aliases
This thing has many aliases:
Whole Word, Look-Say, Whole Language, Balanced Literacy.
Today, Dolch Words and Sight Words are popular names.
Probably the most accurate name is Memory-Method, as we’ll see...
By whatever name, this gimmick hurts children.
Sight Words -- The Big Stupid
Many long books have been written to explain why Whole Word is the ideal way to teach children how to read.
This short article will explain why those books are wrong, why Whole Words, Sight Words and the rest don’t work, and why as a consequence of using this unworkable method, the US has 50 million functional illiterates.