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Reading: Chaos and Cure

reviewed by Jeanne S. Chall 1959

coverTitle: Reading: Chaos and Cure
Author(s): Sibyl Terman, Charles Child Walcott
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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The authors, a remedial-reading specialist and a professor of English, paint "a very grim picture" of the present status of reading in our schools. As they see it, "our public schools have retarded the reading of the average child at least two years—and probably more—behind what it was forty years ago. . . ." (p. viii) Why? Because they have persisted in using "a system that has never been successful"—the look-and-say method with incidental phonics. The cure? A proper method—systematic phonics! Like Flesch's Why Johnny Can't Read, this is an angry book with strong protests against the "reading experts," "educationists" and their misguided theories, and a simple, clear-cut solution—phonics. It is written in a crusading spirit, with a tendency to distort existing practices (i.e., the schools teach phonics, but badly and not until the third grade), although it does attempt to offer proof for its position. The authors are sensitive to the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 60 Number 6, 1959, p. 350-350
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4406, Date Accessed: 7/22/2018 10:47:09 AM

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