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Holding up their placards in Zuccotti Park, the protest movement brought to the attention of the American people the gross inequities in U.S. society. “People Before Profit”; “Human Need, Not Corporate Greed”; “Exclusive Wealth and Excessive Consumption are Dying Paradigms”; “Wall Street is a Casino”; “Too Big to Fail Too Big to Allow”; “Because They Are Going to Drive Our Planet Off a Cliff”; “Our Children Deserve Better”; “We Are You”; “If Your Neighbors Are Poor, You Are Poor”; “You are going to die. What will you leave behind?” Dylan Thomas’s “Do not go gentle into that good night”, was written on one placard, “Rage, rage against the dying of the light”.
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Beginning to Read and The Spin Doctors Science
NCTE, June, 1998. Fourth Printing.
The contention that phonemic awareness must be taught directly and that children need explicit systematic instruction in phonics is less of a scientific “fact” than an exercise in political persuasion. Beginning to Read and the Spin Doctors of Science is the story of the political campaign that is taking place to change the minds of Americans about how young children learn to read. “My purpose in writing Spin Doctors is to reconstruct the underlying assumptions of the political arguments that trouble and divide us, and to discover how the arguments are conceived and how they are shaped. I want to provide those who read this book with opportunities to raise fundamental questions about the character and purpose of “the reading wars.”