I’ve seen an awful lot of money invested in secondary schools buying licences for Lexia, a computer program that is supposed to assist kids with reading. It claims to be phonics based. Schools desperate to improve reading in their weaker pupils have been buying this computer program as a solution to their ills. Like most stupid things in education, it is seen as a panacea – which hence doesn’t exist.
That’s dubious and any real progress depends on the input that comes along with kids having problems reading. If there’s really good small group teaching of extremely weak readers, I’ve seen enormous progress. This also goes for pupils new to the country with no English whatsoever. I don’t think this is to do with Lexia. I think it is to do with small group teaching of reading in a productive way.
Sadly, Lexia is seen as the stand alone solution. So I received this email today with permission to publish on the blog:
Here’s a stupid thing i’ve seen recently linked to PP: