"An important and alarming new book." New York Times
The way we teach reading is not working, and it cannot continue. We have largely abandoned phones-based reading instruction, despite research that supports its importance for word recognition. Rather than treating Black English as a valid dialect and recognizing that speaking one dialect can impact the ability to learn to read in another, teachers simply dismiss it as "incorrect English." And while we press children to develop large vocabularies because we think being a good reader means knowing more words, studies have found that a large vocabulary is only an indication of better pattern recognition.
Understanding the science of reading is more important than everfor us, and for our children. Seidenberg helps us do so by drawing on cutting-edge research in machine learning, linguistics, and early childhood development. Language at the Speed of Sight offers an erudite and scathing examination of this most human of activities, and concrete proposals for how our society can produce better readers.
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About the Author
Mark Seidenberg is the Vilas Research Professor and Donald O. Hebb Professor in the department of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a cognitive neuroscientist who has studied language, reading, and dyslexia for over three decades. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Table of Contents
Reading, Writing, and Speech
Chapter 1 The Problem and the Paradox 3
Chapter 2 Visible Language 15
Chapter 3 Writing: Its All Mesopotamian Cuneiform to Me 31
How We Read
Chapter 4 The Eyes Have It 59
Chapter 5 F u cn rd ths, u cn gt a gd jb n rdng rsch 85
Chapter 6 Becoming a Reader 101
Chapter 7 Reading: The Eternal Triangle 123
Chapter 8 Dyslexia and Its Discontents 149
Chapter 9 Brain Bases of Reading 187
The Educational Challenges
Chapter 10 How Well Does America Read? 217
Chapter 11 The Two Cultures of Science and Education 247
Chapter 12 Reading the Future 283