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July 13, 2023 31 mins

In the 1990s, debates over literacy instruction reached a tipping point in the nation’s most populous state. Learn more about the reading crisis in California and the start of the so-called “Reading Wars” in this episode of A Novel Idea. Plus, hear from:

  • Dr. G. Reid Lyon, former director, NICHD
  • Dr. Maryanne Wolf, author, Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain and Dyslexia, Fluency, and the Brain
  • Dr. Timothy Shanahan (Twitter: @ReadingShanahan), distinguished professor emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago 

Learn More
“The Reading Wars,” Nicholas Lemann, The Atlantic Monthly
Scarborough’s Rope

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