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Why Johnny Can't Read: And What You Can Do about It Paperback – January 7, 1986
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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Flesch - Mentions dream world perfect language - I can say that is Sanskrit - there is no disconnect between what is written and what is pronounced each letter's phonetic value is constant and does not change under any circumstances. No exceptions and no silent letters.
Overall a great book - I learned languages via phonetic method only. I do not know any other, English was no different. It was a good read. I gave this book to few friends for their baby shower as a gift. In my circles I try to tell about this book to as many as I can.
After reading this book - I taught my 4 year old to read. It works. A must read for anyone who wants to be free and independent.
Thank You Mr. Flesch.
I used the phonics theories outlined in "Johnny" (with the tapes when they first came out) to teach my children to read -- my oldest daughter was reading by age three, was doing her grandmother's crossword puzzle books by five and was accepted into Harvard at sixteen. Another took a few courses at Harvard and decided to study at Boston College instead; his two younger sisters joining him there. All were high school valedictorians.
I do not know if I was the Johnny of the title -- I am not the boy described in the book (who, was two years older than I, when the technique was applied to him), but I can attest to the fact that it is a book worth reading. Certainly a book which provides a basis for any expectant parent who would like their child to have a real head start in life's basics -- so that they are prepared, have the requisite basics, before they are exposed to their first computer.
I rate this a MUST HAVE for any perspective parent, or grandparent. It does not require a child to have a learning disorder in order for them to profit enormously from this common sense, pragmatic, approach to teaching them a basic skill for life.