Why Johnny Can't Read

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The title is based on a famous book, "Why Johnny Can't Read" (1955) by Rudolf Flesch. The book was a critique of the then-trendy movement to teach reading by sight, often called the "look-say" method. The flaw of this approach, according to Flesch, was that it required learners to memorize words by sight. When confronted with an unknown word, the learner was stumped. Flesch advocated a return to phonics, the teaching of reading by teaching learners to sound out words. (See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Why_Johnny_Can%27t_Read )

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