Education: The Literate Illiterates

The big debate over how Johnny should learn to read may have passed from the headlines, but to Columnist Dorothy Thompson there is another question that is equally important: Are the schools giving Johnny a reading diet of literature—or of pap? Last week, after comparing the old lesson books to the slick basal readers of today with their controlled vocabularies, word-frequency counts, and bland little tales about Dick and Jane, Columnist Thompson had her answer: "It is possible," says she in the current Ladies' Home

Journal, "that in the universal push to abolish illiteracy, we may create the phenomenon of literates illiterate...

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