The Politics of Phonics: Teaching from the radical middle

<strong>Longtime first-grade teacher Judy Hudson works with student Oscar Zepeda Berrios at William H. Brewster Elementary School at 2605 Sam Cooper Blvd. in Binghampton. She has seen a number of teaching tools since she began her career in the mid-1970s.&nbsp;&nbsp;&ldquo;I know I could retire, but this is something I love.&rdquo;</strong> (Mark Weber/The Daily Memphian)

Longtime first-grade teacher Judy Hudson works with student Oscar Zepeda Berrios at William H. Brewster Elementary School at 2605 Sam Cooper Blvd. in Binghampton. She has seen a number of teaching tools since she began her career in the mid-1970s. “I know I could retire, but this is something I love.” (Mark Weber/The Daily Memphian)

David Waters
By , Special to the Daily Memphian Updated: May 09, 2021 4:00 AM CT | Published: May 09, 2021 4:00 AM CT Special Report
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Despite all the “top-down” efforts to guide reading instruction, effective teachers know that all programs and methods work for some children, but none work for every child.

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David Waters

David Waters

David Waters is Distinguished Journalist in Residence and assistant director of the Institute for Public Service Reporting at the University of Memphis.