For the 1970s, read the 1950s

10th June 2005 at 01:00
In the rush to see synthetic phonics as the answer to our literacy problem, can anyone tell me why as many adults educated in the halcyon 1950s do as badly in adult literacy assessments as those educated in the seemingly appalling 1970s?

Alan Wells Director, The Basic Skills Agency

1-19 New Oxford Street

London WC1

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