The Development of Teacher Training as a Profession
by G. H. Reavis - 1923
I believe it is no more than twenty-five years ago that beginners were quite generally taught to read by the alphabet method. The Greeks taught reading that way. The Romans improved the method a little, but not materially; and most of our schools were following that method twenty-five years ago. Now, however, under a well trained teacher, a beginner starts by learning about three words a day, knows his pre-primer list in five or six weeks, and reads twelve to fifteen books by the end of the year. Although only a short time ago it took a whole year to learn the alphabet—and then the child did not know b and d, and p and q apart, he now not only can read, but does read ten to fifteen books in his first school year, and he learns the alphabet before the year is half over.
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