"The gap between the highest and lowest attaining children tended to be wider in English-speaking countries, than in other nations. Researchers said one factor might be the irregular nature of English." (TES, April 11).
They need to reflect on the difference between language and spelling. The English language is no more irregular than any other language; it is the "spelling" which is more irregular than almost any other language. So why not make it easier?
Dr John M Gledhill