Education: Why Johnny Can't/Can Read

Not since its music critic called Liberace a "butcher" musician and "Chic Sale" humorist did the San Francisco Examiner get as many irate letters on a single subject. Other papers across the U.S. have had the same experience. "People jumped into this thing with both feet," says Managing Editor Frank Angelo of the Detroit Free Press Reason for all the fuss was a syndicated version of Rudolf Flesch's best-selling (over 60,000 copies since March) Why Johnny Can't Read. Said one school official in St. Louis after the Globe-Democrat started its series: "I've never...

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