Is it true they haven't been teaching phonics in school? I've heard kids are trying to learn how to read by recognizing words and sentences instead of learning the basic structures and rules of letter combinations and words. A quick search: Comprehension Hypothesis vs Skill-Building Hypothesis "Subconsciously absorb" ??? This is bullshit. You need to learn the rules of the alphabet, groups of letters, words, and sentences before you can begin to understand what is being read. You need to build a foundation first. btw, have they stopped teaching grammer too?