A FAVORITE TOPIC of many letter writers for the March issue was reading--specifically, "How Should Reading Be Taught?" by Keith Rayner, Barbara R. Foorman, Charles A. Perfetti, David Pesetsky and Mark S. Seidenberg. One flaw with phonetics as a teaching tool, pointed out George Chudolij of Massachusetts, is that "unfortunately, the English language is not 100 percent phonetic, which contributes to confusion. I say revamp the written spelling of the language and eliminate unnecessary letters. Thus, there would not be any 'x's or 'c's. The 'a' as in 'father' would remain the same; 'a' as in 'fat' would be written with an umlaut, as German does today for this very purpose. 'Enough' would be 'enuf,' and so on." Sumthing tu pander ¿s yu reed tha leters an tha nekst tu payjez.
This article was originally published with the title Letters.