The Dick and Jane series was a popular series of books that theoretically taught children how to read, but actually made them dumber. They were truly impressive. After a few decades, the books were phased out of school ciriculum because teaching children how to talk like morons turned out to be a pretty bad idea. I'm not kidding; the failures of the Dick and Jane books can be easily correlated with American readers being far behind their peers in other countries. We complain because Baby Boomers are ruining America, but hell, maybe they can't help it, because they never learned how to properly read.
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Author: William S. Gray and Zerna Sharp • Year: 1946 • Info:Wikipedia