Letter: The phonics success

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The Independent Culture
Sir: I was delighted to read this morning, and have been since I first learned to do so. Discovering that synthetic phonics is accelerating the process for today's children was therefore excellent news.

I do hope, however, that mathematical ability will not be disadvantaged by a process which teaches six phonemes a day for eight days and achieves a total of only 42 sounds.

IAIN MacDONALD

London W3

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