November 21, 2017 is the work of M. J. Maddox, PhD. The content is for parents, teachers, and mature students.

Dr. Maddox writes about School Reform at the online magazine Bellaonline.


Can Parents Trust Schools to Teach Reading?

Parents can’t afford to leave the most important part of their children’s education to schools that are failing to teach more than half of their beginning readers to read. […]

Don’t Mix Up “Lay” and “Lie”

Literacy Capsule 2: The incorrect usage of “lay” for “lie” is wide spread, but educated speakers still regard it as nonstandard English. […]

Don’t Ever Write “It’s”

Literacy Capsule 1: Writing “it’s” when the context calls for “its” can destroy your credibility. Learn to avoid this embarrassing error. […]

“sh,” “th,” and “ee” are NOT “Blends”

British government calls for return to “traditional lessons” because school children’s reading scores have plummeted. […]

Undermining Phonics

“Phonics” instruction that permits a beginning reader to believe that /k/ is “the sound of C” undermines true phonics instruction that equips the child to develop into a confident reader. […]