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Children have learned to read in spite of our best efforts, not because of them.



Einstein did not say that, verbatim. He actually said:
"It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wreck and ruin without fail. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty."

I do not believe that every child must be taught how to read independently, somewhere between the ages of 5 and 9. I do, however, believe that every child can learn to read as fluently as they can speak, without frustration, and much younger than 5 years of age.

In homes and classrooms around the world, emergent readers are left to flounder. Not only do adults think this is necessary, but we celebrate it. I am sick of it. It is literally painful to watch an emergent reader struggle to decode or guess a word when you know that there is a better and more effective way.

I plan on changing the world;
one blog post at a time, 
one podcast at a time,
one video at a time,
and with one mobile app.
My daughter and I have hacked learning to read. We found a better way. In a single generation we will achieve universal literacy.

Not only that, but education will be transformed. Imagine a 1st Grade classroom where every child reads more fluently than the average adult does today. If you want to reform education it won't happen through the political process. But if you change the environment in which education takes place (by creating a fluently literate grade school) the system will be compelled to evolve a better adaptation.

Think much bigger, though. I am not just talking about fixing a broken system. There are millions of children around the world who are not in school, for better or for worse. What if they could become literate in their native language in a matter of weeks without stepping foot inside a classroom?  This is the promise of what I am working on.

I want to build a community around this idea. By supporting me, you are supporting the growth and development of that community. I am blogging at www.sara.ai

Please support my efforts because I cannot change the world without your support.
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I have written a children's book that uses story to teach parents and children how to accelerate reading. It elaborates on the 4 simple steps outlined on my Patreon page. The manuscript is completed, is 5,000 words, 29 pages, and will be published early 2017. When you pledge at this level I will send you an autographed copy of the manuscript months prior to publication. My children love this story, and I'm sure yours will as well.

Sara and the Pooka is intended to be the first in a series of novels.
The story is intended to be read to emergent readers of any age. The story is an account of SARA’s introduction to reading and compulsory schooling. Emergent readers find Sara’s struggles with reading familiar. The trickster, FAIRY, is a pooka – a spirit, ghost, or fairy from Irish lore.

The story of Sara is inspired by the author’s own daughter, who learned to read in the same manner as Sara. In Act 1, we are introduced to Sara’s love of stories right before she is kidnapped by MANTIS (a giant mantis) to be educated by JULIUS and JOHANNA (a dragon and a phoenix). In Act 2, Sara is introduced to her new home, the castle of Hofenzell, its residents and educators, and method of instruction. Sara endeavors to escape the castle, and ends up in trouble and embarrassed. In Act 3, Sara finds a friend and ally in the pooka whom she has named FAIRY. Together they plan Sara’s rise to the climax – Sara shows Julius and Johanna that she can read.
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Children have learned to read in spite of our best efforts, not because of them.



Einstein did not say that, verbatim. He actually said:
"It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wreck and ruin without fail. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty."

I do not believe that every child must be taught how to read independently, somewhere between the ages of 5 and 9. I do, however, believe that every child can learn to read as fluently as they can speak, without frustration, and much younger than 5 years of age.

In homes and classrooms around the world, emergent readers are left to flounder. Not only do adults think this is necessary, but we celebrate it. I am sick of it. It is literally painful to watch an emergent reader struggle to decode or guess a word when you know that there is a better and more effective way.

I plan on changing the world;
one blog post at a time, 
one podcast at a time,
one video at a time,
and with one mobile app.
My daughter and I have hacked learning to read. We found a better way. In a single generation we will achieve universal literacy.

Not only that, but education will be transformed. Imagine a 1st Grade classroom where every child reads more fluently than the average adult does today. If you want to reform education it won't happen through the political process. But if you change the environment in which education takes place (by creating a fluently literate grade school) the system will be compelled to evolve a better adaptation.

Think much bigger, though. I am not just talking about fixing a broken system. There are millions of children around the world who are not in school, for better or for worse. What if they could become literate in their native language in a matter of weeks without stepping foot inside a classroom?  This is the promise of what I am working on.

I want to build a community around this idea. By supporting me, you are supporting the growth and development of that community. I am blogging at www.sara.ai

Please support my efforts because I cannot change the world without your support.

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Access to my Patron Only feed.
Pledge $3 or more per Video or Podcast
only 49 left
I have written a children's book that uses story to teach parents and children how to accelerate reading. It elaborates on the 4 simple steps outlined on my Patreon page. The manuscript is completed, is 5,000 words, 29 pages, and will be published early 2017. When you pledge at this level I will send you an autographed copy of the manuscript months prior to publication. My children love this story, and I'm sure yours will as well.

Sara and the Pooka is intended to be the first in a series of novels.
The story is intended to be read to emergent readers of any age. The story is an account of SARA’s introduction to reading and compulsory schooling. Emergent readers find Sara’s struggles with reading familiar. The trickster, FAIRY, is a pooka – a spirit, ghost, or fairy from Irish lore.

The story of Sara is inspired by the author’s own daughter, who learned to read in the same manner as Sara. In Act 1, we are introduced to Sara’s love of stories right before she is kidnapped by MANTIS (a giant mantis) to be educated by JULIUS and JOHANNA (a dragon and a phoenix). In Act 2, Sara is introduced to her new home, the castle of Hofenzell, its residents and educators, and method of instruction. Sara endeavors to escape the castle, and ends up in trouble and embarrassed. In Act 3, Sara finds a friend and ally in the pooka whom she has named FAIRY. Together they plan Sara’s rise to the climax – Sara shows Julius and Johanna that she can read.
Pledge $6 or more per Video or Podcast
only 50 left
When you pledge at this level I will send you an autographed copy of the manuscript mentioned in the $3 reward. Additionally, you will receive two autographed copies of the book when it is published; one for you and one for a friend.