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Why SC is wrong to ‘jump on the bandwagon’ of ‘science of reading’ movement

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Paul L. Thomas, Furman University Department of Education

Paul L. Thomas, a Furman University education professor who taught nearly two decades in the South Carolina public school system, writes an opinion piece in The Greenville News about the folly of the state’s latest proposed measure to shore up reading test scores, Bill 3613.

He writes, “Bill 3613 would make the same mistake political leaders have been making since the 1980s, tinkering with prescriptive legislation aimed at our students and teachers while ignoring the overwhelming negative impact of inequity in our students’ homes and communities as well as the harmful negative learning and teaching conditions that persist in our schools.”

A similar piece ran in The State.

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