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If you know all about saccades, you may not need to read this short article.
But there are millions of people teaching school who never heard the word saccade. That means they can't possibly understand why their methods are not working.
When you look at any object in the real world, your eyes scan that thing up and down, side to side, and then around again and again, until the brain is sure.
If you are a sight-word reader, you will treat a phonetic word as if it is just another object in your visual universe. Your eyes will flick back and forth over that word 10 or 20 times. Five seconds may go by, and you will be a very slow reader, even if you do finally identify the word.
Why are we still putting up with this nonsense? There is a fast efficient way to read phonetic words. It's called phonics. That was the point of the invention, speed and efficiency.
Massive K-12 Reading Failure Explained. This article is on American Thinker and now has more than 325 comments.