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Sold a Story

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Millions of kids can't read well. Scientists have known for decades how children learn to read but many schools are ignoring the research. They buy teacher training and books that are rooted in a disproven idea. Emily Hanford investigates four authors and a publishing company that have made millions selling this idea.

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Some of the teachers, students, parents and researchers we met in Sold a Story talk about the impact the podcast has had on their lives and in schools — and share some of their hopes and concerns about the “science of reading” movement. more

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Schools around the country are changing the way they teach reading. And that is having major consequences for people who sold the flawed theory we investigated in Sold a Story. But Lucy Calkins, Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell are fighting back — an... more

2 months ago

A Spanish adaptation of Sold a Story is now available. Hosted by journalist Valeria Fernández, the podcast is condensed into one 58-minute episode, plus a conversation between Fernández and Emily Hanford for Spanish-speaking parents whose children ar... more

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Across the country, school districts are dropping textbooks, state legislatures are going so far as to ban teaching methods, and everyone, it seems, is talking about "the science of reading." Things have been changing since Sold a Story was released.... more

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4.9 out of 5 stars from 9.1k ratings
  • Just wondering…

    Just wondering why episode 2 is explicit I got confused when I had to skip it I’m 9 and i love this it is great i am binge listening to the non explicit eps also pleaseee do a second season maybe on math

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    United Statesa month ago
  • Must-listen if you know any children learning or struggling to read

    This podcast completely blew my mind. If you know any children getting ready to learn to read, or struggling to read, share this with their families.

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    United Statesa month ago
  • This is why I didn’t teach elementary

    Kids were not getting the point of reading. Schools were spending millions on programs that were based on nothing but claims from the publishers. I’m glad the tide is turning. I taught middle and high school special education, and spent my own money on phonics to compensate for lack of instruction.

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    United Statesa month ago
  • Please do a similar work about the math education!!

    Math is also such a dividing subject right now. So many kids claim that they do not like math and are several grade level behind. While some feel not challenged enough and state that school math is like slow motion.

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    A concerned sub teacher
    United Statesa month ago
  • Invaluable, unforgettable knowledge

    A friend of mine who is working for an education company recommended this podcast. As a mom of a kindergartner, this could not have come at a more crucial time. I had so many different reactions and emotions as I listened through Emily’s reporting and findings. I was in awe that I was not before aware of the clear differences between the ways in which reading is taught to children, and the immense impact that has and is continuing to have on our youth. I was angry at those who pushed and still p... more

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    United Statesa month ago

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