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Tomorrow's Illiterates: The State of Reading Instruction Today


reviewed by George J. Collins 1963

coverTitle: Tomorrow's Illiterates: The State of Reading Instruction Today
Author(s): C. C. Walcutt
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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"We are trying in this little volume to present a factual, informative survey of the reading problem—information for the interested layman about what is the matter, why it is the matter, and what can be done about it." In detail, Dr. Walcutt, an English professor from Queens College, contributes a chapter on "The Reading Problem in America," and as his telescope views America, the "look-say" method, which teaches reading as if English were similar to the Chinese ideograph, is the enemy in focus. He quarrels first with Dr. Conant, who once said, "the bottom 30 per cent of our ninth graders read at a fifth- or sixth-grade level." Dr. Walcutt states with no thought of contradiction that it should be a "second- and third-grade level," and then offers as evidence (1) an inadequately dissected study in California, showing that 12-year-olds were reading on the average of 10-year-olds 20 and 40 years... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 64 Number 4, 1963, p. 349-349
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3006, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 8:00:25 AM

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