This book explores the driving forces behind the current
government-sponsored resurrection of phonics, and the arguments used to
justify it. It examines the roles played by three key factors--corporate
America, politicians, and state-supported reading researchers--in the
formulation of what Strauss terms the neophonics political program.
Offering up-to-date information and an original critique, this book makes
two important contributions. One is the policy analysis linking government
agencies, policymakers, and corporate interests. The second is the
neurological and linguistic treatment of why traditional phonics programs
are not the solution and why the rhetoric developed to support their
resurgence is so far off the mark. This volume is essential for
researchers, students, and teachers of literacy and reading, and for anyone
seeking to understand what is happening in U.S. public schools today.