"Stop the Pendulum" is a book about reading that is worth reading!
Why would reading educators want to have reading instruction be more rational?
For SET readers who are interested in reading education, I note that just received a copy of “Stop the Pendulum: Public Policy and Personal Experience in Reading Instruction and Reform” by William D. Bursuck and Craig Peck. Although I’ve only read the first 50-60 pages of it, I’m recommending this book! It’s worth it!
Of course, please understand that, although the authors sent me a free copy, my recommendation is based on the qualties-features of the book, not any personal gain. I do not make any $$ if readers buy the book from links on SET.
Bursuck and Paige explain their perspective on reading instruction (a view that aligns pretty damn closely with mine) and how they hope-wish that such a perspective would be dominant in the practice of teaching reading. They argue that they don’t want to “fight wars,” but to ensure that educational policies ensure high-quality literacy instruction for our children.
This book should be on the shelves of lots and lots of reading educators. Highly recommended.
Bursuck, W. D., & Peck, C. (2022). Stop the pendulum: Public policy and personal experience in reading instruction and reform. Rowan & Littlefield. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781475863918/Stop-the-Pendulum-Public-Policy-and-Personal-Experience-in-Reading-Instruction-and-Reform