Language at the Speed of Sight

Language at the Speed of Sight

In 2011, when an international survey reported that students in Shanghai dramatically outperformed American students in reading, math, and science, President Obama declared it a "Sputnik moment": a wake-up call about the dismal state of American education. Little has changed, however, since then: over half of our children still read at a basic level and few become highly p...

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Title:Language at the Speed of Sight
Author:Mark Seidenberg
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ISBN:0465019323
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages

Language at the Speed of Sight Reviews

  • Amanda
    Jan 06, 2017

    I had a feeling I'd enjoy this book, but I was much more entertained than I expected to be. Seidenberg has a great sense of humor and wit about him. (Non-fiction books about reading can be a little dry. This one was pretty funny at times.) Plus, it was fascinating and informative. I'd put it in the same category as Maryanne Wolf's

    and Stanislas Dehaene's

    . It's that excellent.

  • Victoria
    Feb 02, 2017

    Boring. Didn't finish.

  • Bonnie
    Feb 02, 2017

    Perhaps linguists would find this book more interesting than I did. Unwilling to wade through lots of technical jargon, I learned nothing about what neuroscience tells us about how to teach children to read. Seidenberg thinks that teachers should take courses in linguistics, although I don't really understand why. He thinks that poverty plays a big role in why some children don't learn to read, but it's not the only factor. He doesn't say what can be done to overcome the deficits caused by pover

    Perhaps linguists would find this book more interesting than I did. Unwilling to wade through lots of technical jargon, I learned nothing about what neuroscience tells us about how to teach children to read. Seidenberg thinks that teachers should take courses in linguistics, although I don't really understand why. He thinks that poverty plays a big role in why some children don't learn to read, but it's not the only factor. He doesn't say what can be done to overcome the deficits caused by poverty when children get to school. Honestly, I found it a big disappointment.

  • Tom
    Jan 21, 2017

    I am enjoying reading this this book, the author explains how to improve reading and why the speed reading techniques don't work

  • Jonna Higgins-Freese
    Feb 04, 2017

    Well, I bought it but wish I'd waited until the library copy came in. The book was kind of all over the place, from science to education policy to curriculum critique to everything in between. Spoiler alert: phonics are important and the way to go for instruction. Unfortunately, I've read other books on the science of reading and I already knew that. He doesn't give many specifics on which curricula do work other than "phonics." Okay, but there are a lot of different ways of teaching phonics, an

    Well, I bought it but wish I'd waited until the library copy came in. The book was kind of all over the place, from science to education policy to curriculum critique to everything in between. Spoiler alert: phonics are important and the way to go for instruction. Unfortunately, I've read other books on the science of reading and I already knew that. He doesn't give many specifics on which curricula do work other than "phonics." Okay, but there are a lot of different ways of teaching phonics, and he doesn't really distinguish between them.

    I did like his critique of the education system and the degree to which it is not evidence-based, particularly his analogy of education being at the state that medicine was before the Flexner report -- an analogy that I invented, though of course he can't know that since I'm not famous:).

  • pro bono
    Feb 13, 2017

    I still can't read.

  • Mommalibrarian
    Feb 18, 2017

    I picked this up thinking there would be practical information on teaching reading. The author spends a quarter of his pages bemoaning the lack of scientific proof behind the current methods and the rest of the book describing the way the brain works or doesn't when reading based on scientific studies of live people and computer simulations.

  • Emily
    Feb 19, 2017

    I kept feeling an irritated sort of suspense--when is he actually going to tell me something specific about the reading process and what works? Never happened. I did get a lot of background I didn't need or already knew. And I wish he hadn't been so dismissive of comprehension issues. There is a subset of kids who are hyper Lexi can, so they've clearly cracked the phonetic code but still don't necessarily know what they're reading. Some info that I found valuable on the disconnect between teache

    I kept feeling an irritated sort of suspense--when is he actually going to tell me something specific about the reading process and what works? Never happened. I did get a lot of background I didn't need or already knew. And I wish he hadn't been so dismissive of comprehension issues. There is a subset of kids who are hyper Lexi can, so they've clearly cracked the phonetic code but still don't necessarily know what they're reading. Some info that I found valuable on the disconnect between teacher training and scientific evidence. He was most persuasive to me when he spoke re the cult of personal observation. I've noticed this too.

    In short, worthwhile in some ways but ultimately disappointing.