Teaching: TEACHING

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Far from being the work of drunken printers, this is Britain's Initial Teaching Alphabet −a nue wae too lern too reed and riet that Education Minister Sir Edward Boyle last month pronounced "a remarkable success." Only about half of Britain's seven-year-olds now read satisfactorily; one-quarter of its 15-year-olds are semiliterate. But in careful tests of teaching reading with the new alphabet, 20 British schools have cut the usual failure rate by 80%, put most beginners more than a year ahead of their contemporaries. This year 233...

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