cna yuo raed tihs?
For over a decade(1) I’ve pushed back(2) on it every time it’s appeared. Coming across a variation of it today in “Life’s Little Mysteries“, I responded:
As the beginning example renders self-evident, a good reader reads words as wholes and, as you point out, engages many processing strategies including contextual disambiguation in doing so. But try giving this to a beginning reader. The ability to recognize words in ways we good readers can is the result of the process of learning to read. And that’s where the danger comes in.
For many subscribers of “whole language” this (what a good reader does in recognizing words as wholes) is taken as evidence for why we don’t have to teach children how to process the code. Attempting to teach children to recognize words as wholes (as images and by context) without decoding letter-sounds has contributed significantly to why millions of children who can’t read well and feel ashamed of their minds because they can’t.
2 – Back in 2003 Dr. William Wilson shared this piece with a friend of mine. I responded with a variation on the above to which he replied: