Phonics story often told
Professor McGuinness should be made aware of the many other equally valid schemes that have preceded hers and continue to flourish. In the Sixties - when (curiously enough) a compatriot of hers, Rudolph Flesch had caused a stir with his book Why Johnny Can't Read - my own classroom experience and research led to the publication of the phonically-structured Books of Word Families which have been school bestsellers for more than 30 years.
In more recent years, many other excellent and successful phonically-based schemes have been devised which form an intrinsic part of our current literacy drive.
Nixie Taverner Waylands Hurstbourne Tarrant Andover, Hampshire