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Here's a link through to a very classic criticism of Direct Instruction in the classroom:

As the criticism outlines well, Direct Instruction (DI) is very, very difficult to implement successfully. When blended with Brainsarefun Study Skills 5-5-5's, it can be a barn burner. The place to begin is by always gaining student/child cooperation before undertaking instruction. You will save a lot of breath and frustration.

I think the goal is to become a master teacher.


Seth Godin at TEDxYouth@BFS – YouTube –

Seth Godin is the author of 14 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. Permission Marketing was a New York Times bestseller, Unleashing the Ideavirus is the most popular ebook every published, and Purple Cow is the bestselling marketing book of the decade. His free ebook on what education is for is called STOP STEALING DREAMS and it's been downloaded millions of times since it launched in January, 2012.

In addition to his writing and speaking, Seth is founder of, a fast growing, easy to use website. His blog (which you can find by typing "seth" into Google) is one of the most popular in the world.

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Hello Ralph — You asked a great question, What's the minimum reading ability to get along in this world?

This is exactly the same question I asked myself when I began teaching reading right out of college. I have been asking it ever since and have found out a few things:

  1. Reading at grade level by 3rd grade roughly translates to average performance in school. We used to call those Cs.
  2. Students who can read one year above grade level get Bs. Students who earn As read two or more years above grade level.
  3. Who are the students who are best able to continue their educations and hold jobs with a future? The A students. It's a meritorious world.

Therefor, I believe the minimum for getting along in this world is Two Years Above Grade Level.

I think this holds true, roughly, through all of life. The successful people I know are all good readers and writers who can organize information. The bulk of the people on my hero list all learned to read and write well.

All the data clearly shows that strong and active readers have a much better chance of continuing their educations and holding jobs with a future.

Our ed schools are wrestling with this imperative, but can't graduate enough strong reading and math teachers. Master teachers are so scarce that it's become imperative for all of us to become master teachers. Our kids and students love it when they experience success.

Let the word go forth from this time and place, We're gonna teach all kids to read.

The Brainsarefun Academic Success Blog

Here's a Note We Just Received from One of our Autism Parents

Hi Rory,

Thank you for offering to add my name to your mailing list.  I would enjoy receiving your material (I assume it’s an email newsletter!).

I enjoy your site for many reasons.  Your focus on kids actually learning to read, all your helpful ideas (the 5-5-5 system, among others), and especially, the concept of “flood the child with success.”  Those few words say so much and really force one to do a lot of self-examination.

I am interested in reading instruction because I have been home-schooling my now-16-year old son (severe autism, profoundly nonverbal) since he was 4.  I had no idea how….

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Welcome to the Brainsarefun Blog

There's a saying we like to follow at Brainsarefun, and that's 'Always Be Launching'. So we're excited to launch this new blog and further the discussion about reading and succeeding. We look forward to your input.

As a starter, why not watch this important talk from Sal Kahn, who is all about promoting success. He's certainly mixing it up, and turning the education model in a good direction. And we like to celebrate people like that.


What do you think?