Science based versus Popularity based
Many programs have failed our students that struggle to learn how to read because they are just plain erroneous. Every so often, a single new technique is introduced, which we are told will make all of children literate. It might be a hand-picked selection of sight words where we are told that everyone will learn how to read rapidly. A couple years later, we are given an intriguing, colorful, internet based program that will quickly solve the nation’s reading problems through pure fun and motivation. Yet another year, the emphasis is placed on reading-for-meaning because the feedback from the meanings of words will facilitate the decoding of the the language in “slow-to-read” students…. and on and on we go.
You start to pick up the trend. However, our illiteracy rates stay consistent even though we spend more money on education than almost any other place in the world.
The Bannatyne program is not based on hype or a trending fad. Alexander Bannatyne has a Ph.D in education and psychology and spent the better part of his life working in the field and researching language and educational psychology.
Below I have put together a short list of some (but not all) of the areas that Dr. Bannatyne fully studied and researched during his long and distinguished career as an instructor and educational psychologist.
- Neuropsychology and Psycholinguistics
- Language structure, phonetics, linguistics, and the nature of language including international language differences and similarities
- Handicaps and disorders and how they affect language acquisition
- Social and cultural factors and relationships (family-student, teacher-student, and sex-based differences in learning)
- Development of auditory-vocal language acquisition in infancy and throughout childhood, especially listening and articulation training
- Nature of comprehension and meaning including word usage and frequency
- Logic and learning systems
- Teaching theory and simplicity
- All available teaching methods and techniques on reading, writing, spelling and language during the 20th century and later
- Optimal learning environments
- Student behavior, motivation, and incentives
- Memory and how the mind works