If you want to understand the reading crisis...

 Schools will immediately become better if reading is taught correctly in the first few grades. in fact, all the phonics experts say you can do it four or five months.

 The problem now is that many teachers do not realize they have been given hopeless methods and unreachable goals. The only thing sadder than the situation just described is that so many teachers put up with it.

 So let's cut to the chase. Children cannot be taught to read with sight-words. it's a sort of pretend method. It's Reading In Name Only, as I explain in this new article: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/08/k12_and_the_other_r...

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 60 years ago Rudolf Flesch explained in "Why Johnny Can't Read" that you have to use phonics if you want children to learn to read. Isn't that a remarkable spectacle? Our Education Establishment deliberately and aggressively enforces a method that does not work. I think they are quacks, and evil ones at that. On the other hand, I don't expect you to take my word for it. So here's a little video that quotes seven famous reading experts on how EASY it is to teach children to read. Have you ever heard that thought expressed anywhere in a public school? No, the official doctrine is that reading is terribly hard, lots of children can't do it, and if your students are crying and need Ritalin, don't be surprised: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JV0tPGn-Ws

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