Natural vs. Unnatural
Is learning language natural? Is learning to read unnatural?
In this collection of posts, we go deep into these questions and unpack some of the assumptions that we can make on either side. Through this examination, we learn that these questions underlie some of the ongoing debates, from the “reading wars” on to today, around reading science and our theories of learning for literacy and language.
- Our Brains Were Not Born to Read . . . Right?
- Learning to Read is Natural (So claim the Goodmans)
- Learning to Read: An Unnatural Act
- An Interlude: What do we mean when we say learning something is unnatural?
- The Relation of Speech to Reading and Writing
- A Finale: Learning to Read and Write is a Remarkable Human Feat