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SSSS versus CRESS
Rationale for Fixing for the Reading and Writing Problem
A Fundamental Contrast
- SSSS: Senseless Spelling Sabotaging Society: the existing system of traditional English spelling makes no sense
- We see painful and costly cultural nonsense: traditional spelling is as hard to learn as anything that does not make sense
- CRESS: Consistent Regular English Spelling System: a scientific and engineering innovation carefully designed to fix the problem
- CRESS is carefully designed to be the only fully worked out and effective solution to the English reading problem
- It provides massive benefits for foreign speakers learning to pronounce and write English
- Traditional spelling violates the concept of phonetic spelling upon which much of civilization is based
- There is cultural destruction in teaching a phonetic idea based on massive phonetic confusion
- Teaching of sound letter correspondence is self-defeating by any system that confuses sound letter correspondences.
- CRESS has been carefully engineered for essential requirements over 20 years
- Previous reading systems are remedial and superficial embedding confusion while maintaining it
- CRESS goes back to fundamental underlying basic science principles
- A sound is a sound and a letter is a letter and always the twain shall meet
- What single innovation can help both general society and disadvantaged groups the most?
- Is there an alternative to SSSS?
- Do we care if 25% of the population is functionally illiterate?
- Do we care if senseless spelling problems disadvantage the disadvantaged?
- Do we care about a system that confuses itself at great economic, social, and psychological cost?
- How best to fix a cultural impedance that lowers joy and productivity for a whole society and minorities in particular?
- How to stop the massive waste in human potential from a system that contradicts itself?
- When does new technology make it the right time to disrupt the teaching of nonsense to children?
- What are the costs of being behind the times hundreds of years in terms of sound spelling correspondence?
- Has English spelling put the wonderful cultural engine of phonetic orthography in reverse gear?
- How/why to overcome the WhyNots of mega massive materials in traditional spelling?
- It’s about the economy, stupid.
- It’s about computer transliteration, stupid.
- Technology removes the WhyNots of friction in change.
- It’s about obvious, undeniable common sense.
- A sample of nonsense of digraphs, silent letters, confusions, contradictions
- Don’t be fooled by this short list. There are tons of tons more.
- Dozens of other problem patterns are not illustrated here
- These problems number in the thousands of words, filling many pages of issues for reading teachers
- Examples of problems – tip of the iceberg
- The spelling ‘read’ is pronounced two different ways, so don’t count on regular spelling.
- The pronunciation /red/ can be spelled two different ways: read and red, so don’t count on pronunciation
- The ‘gh’ in the word ‘right’ is silent but not in ‘rough’ so silent things may not be silent.
- The final ‘e’ in the word rate has no sound but makes me go back and refigure how to pronounce the ‘a’.
- It’s not even next to it.
- Why go to the gas station two doors down from the bakery to buy bread if there’s just a sign to go back to the bakery and use a secret knock?
- The first sound ‘fed’ is the same in ‘phone’, but the symbols differ, which might discourage any child pursuing phonics.
- Children in school are launched into a primary curriculum of phonics contradiction nonsense
- Children face an introduction to education that makes no common sense
- Goals of education are thwarted when it’s a difficult uphill climb
- English spelling confusion takes away from the joy of learning
- Less time remains for interesting learning
- Friction creates aversion: early confusion ultimately lowers educational interest and attainment
- The academic world has failed to rectify an unscientific system that confuses itself.
A Scientific Strategy for Rational Reading Success
- Do not teach two things at once that confuse each other: English spelling confuses and impedes the phonemic awareness it is built on!
- Establish phonemics first, simply and completely, with none of the confusion of English spelling. First things first.
- Teach children carefully engineered simple phonemic reading and writing first, prior to standard spelling.
- Use careful system design to bridge scientific truth and traditional spelling.
- Design a phonemic system
- Maximize similarity to English spelling
- Take learners quickly to achievable mastery of traditional spelling
- Clarify for students that traditional spelling is confused, not they themselves
- Give children the intellectual Eureka and emotional high of seeing easily for themselves the confusions in standard spelling
- Advantages of putting the phonemic spelling bridge in place first
- greatly eases traditional spelling
- shows children traditional spelling for the confusion it is
- creates fast literacy
- offers a functional fallback and alternative
- promotes the liberty of choice by children, parents, educators and the larger culture
- Provide tools to translate back and forth from CRESS to traditional English spelling
- Watch change over time as young people, relieved of nonsense, adapt
Benefits of a new system
- An educational world that makes sense launched in rationality
- Children experience more joy, learn more, become more productive
Fixing regrettable circumstances
- The pain of learning something if it depends on something that confuses the thing you are trying to learn
- The pain of learning something if the underlying principle (phonemic awareness) is confused by the thing you are trying to learn
- The pain of learning something that contradicts itself
- The pain of learning something if it depends on something that is somewhere else it makes no sense to look (silent e on the other side of consonant)
Learnability without confusion:
- Teach fundamentals before systems that depend on them
- Don’t teach something based on something that makes learning it harder
- Don’t teach A (phonics) based on B (digraphs) where B confuses A itself
- Just teach one level of learning at a time unless the second helps the first
Social and Economic Advantages:
- Quick large reduction in 25% functional illiteracy
- Unburdening of disadvantaged students lacking enough school hours to overcome the built-in confusion of standard English spelling
- Removal of an artificial class system from American schools based on reading proficiency
- Increasing the potential and productivity of American society
Psychological Effects Enhancing the Potential of American Society
- Makes early schooling more fun and leads more quickly to advanced learning
- Prevents inaccurate low esteem in students confused and stymied by an irrational, confused, trickster spelling system
- Provides relief and academic advancement for the well-known category of talented learners who lack interest and ability in traditional spelling
- Reduces difficulties for dyslexics
- Quick unconfused, less discouraging learning leads to love of education
Elements of Science
- Scientific basis means children experience the benefit of science in early grades
- Basic science of linguistics and phonetics is built into CRESS
- Naturally bootstraps accurate understanding of the science of language and pronunciation
- Learning to read is also learning actual science
Linguistic Design for Dialect Variation
- Provides a basis for dialect differences, allowing adjustment to local pronunciations when desired
- Pragmatically represents the general pronunciation for each sound without detailing the fine phonetics which are a distraction for the purpose of reading.
- Despite some phonetic generalization, aids awareness of social variation through phonetic science while learning to read
Positives for diversity:
- CRESS spelling can be flexible to vary with dialect pronunciation if desired
- Scientific awareness of phonetics encourages constructive diversity in society
- Minor Variations bring out dialect differences
- How to pronounce the ‘a’ in the first syllable in ‘Boston’, the backing > arrow can be added: a>
- How to compare British English: flexibility to reflect differences by adding arrows to a, o etc.
- How to represent dialects with o sound where others might have an ‘a’: caught as kot not kat
Dramatic Benefits for Learning English as Second Language
- World-wide billions of people are learning English
- Many learn to speak with strong accents and are unable to write
- CRESS makes both pronunciation and writing/spelling much easier
- CRESS spelling is much easier
- CRESS software translates CRESS spelling to traditional spelling
- Peace and understanding are promoted by ease in learning English as the world language