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You Can Prevent or Correct Learning Disorders, Mosse

formerly: The Complete Handbook of Children's Reading Disorders

2-vol. hb set $69.95

1 volume Riggs pb

Dr. Hilde L. Mosse, head psychiatrist for the NYC Board of Education in the 60's and 70's discovered the WRTR, an Orton-based program taught by Oma Riggs in Spanish Harlem. This 714-page work chronicles her experience and amazing success in teaching 1000 reading-disabled and psychologically disturbed student patients to read, write and spell English, which, in turn, solved many of their mental health problems.
For teachers, parents, reading specialists, anyone interested in dealing with the problems of the "learning disordered" children and adults in our society.

The Reading Acts Test, Edited by McCulloch, Madson

Paper $4.50

From her first chapter; Mosse's simple but thorough approach to finding out what children know or do not know about the sub-skills which permit fluent reading & writing of English, rather than what may be wrong with them.

Classroom & remedial teachers, clinicians, reading specialists,therapists


Reading, Writing & Speech Problems in Children and Selected Papers, Samuel T. Orton


Table of Contents
A classic 1937 text about the failure of reading, writing and spelling instruction in the US, its probable causes and what one early and innovative neuroscientist did about it. From our earliest brain researcher -- still ahead of our contemporary neuroscientists in finding practical solution. His research put him almost a century ahead and without he use of hi-tech brain scanning equipment by which his theories can and should still be validated. Dr. Samuel T. Orton did not have a "peer group" any more than Einstein, Franklin or Edison did.
For serious students of the neurological, linguistic, and pedagological basis for the proliferation of learning disorders in children.
Retarding America: The Imprisonment of Potential, Brunner


Excerpt from Retarding America
Federal research report from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the National Institute of Justice. An important and chilling contemporary work revealing the link between academic failure, delinquent/criminal behavior and recidivism.
Anyone interested in the cause and effect of academic neglect stemming from "learning style" discrimination against students
Becoming a Nation of Readers (BNR), Anderson, et al


Excerpt from Becoming a Nation of Readers
1985 compilation of 40-60 years of reading research; 12 pages support explicit phonics over implicit phonics. Balance supports many features of whole language programs, the lack of basic skills not being among them.
For anyone interested in meaningful efforts and restructuring educational practice in teaching the language arts

Critique of BNR



The 6-page phonics chapter reveals giant gaps and misunderstandings regarding the role of phonics in reading instruction and the available research on this subject.
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All Language and the Creation of Literacy, former Orton Society


Table of Contents
A collection of nine research papers advocating the possibility of combining phonics with some aspects of whole language instruction. A distinguished panel of researchers including Marilyn Adams, Jeanne Chall, Sylvia Richardson, Joanna Williams, etc. With the exception of Dr. Orton's own book, we think it the most useful Orton Society publication.

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Private Sector Alternatives for Preventing Reading Failure, Groff


1987 National Advisory Council on Educational Research & Improvement report to identify private sector profit and nonprofit teacher in-service agencies "which have a proven track record of helping teachers to implement recommended changes in reading instruction. The Riggs Institute is included in the 33 organizations named and profiled. Discusses monopoly as described in The Great American Reading Machine by David Yarington. Knowing some of the history of how we arrived at the point of producing 94 million functionally illiterate US adults is helpful for future decision making at several levels.

Legislators, all in textbook and college of education decision making positions.

Preventing Reading Failure: An Examination of the Myths of Reading Instruction, Groff


To read Introduction
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1987 National Institute of Education report to debunk the "myths" of reading instruction -- those long held "reading establishment" beliefs that prevent reading reform from taking place. This book has an incredibly reliable bibliography citing most of the nation's best researchers - see the longer version for the Table of Contents

Legislators at all levels, textbook and college of education decision makers, all board members and school administrators who want to understand the problem before designing a cure.
What Works: Research About Teaching and Learning, 2nd Edition, Chester Finn, US DOE


Read Forward
1987 federal research synthesis on "what really works" in teaching children. The first edition contained 41 research findings written in "plain" English; this book is an updated and expanded version of the original. These books cover a broad range of subjects for the home, the classroom and school (see expanded pages for the Table of Contents. 5 to 7 research citations for each of the 41 findings.
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First Lessons; A Report on Elementary Education,
Wm. Bennett, Secretary, US DOE


Read Introduction
1986 federal "blueprint" about how to operate an elementary school; this book corrected an oversight dating from 1953. No major national report had examined the state of elementary education or set out a blueprint for reform efforts; this was a major contribution, which sadly, hasn't had the widespread distribution and recognition it might have had.
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