Literacy experts who are members of the Reading Hall of Fame took issue with the report of the National Council on Teacher Quality, which recently lambasted the nation’s schools of education.

They questioned the bona fides of NCTQ, questioning its partisanship. Their strongest criticism was directed at the report’s fervent advocacy of phonics as the only legitimate way to teach reading.

I have studied the Reading Wars of the past 30 + years and concluded that both sides were right. There should be attention to phonics, but also joyful reading for pleasure.

The literacy specialists are right to challenge an effort to impose orthodoxy on the schools and their teachers.

NCTQ is not a professional association and is not qualified to decide how children should be taught.