See Dick. See Jane. See The Future Of English?

DAJGenerations of American school children from the 1930s through 1970s learned to read with Dick and Jane. Who could forget such classic lines as:

“See Dick. See Dick run. Run, Dick, run!”

Overly simplistic, even for the time, I escaped their clutches thanks to my older sister, who taught me to read before I started school. It was soon apparent to my first-grade teacher that I could read above level. And so one of my classmates and I were given separate lessons at the third-grade level—with several non-Dick-and-Jane books. Continue reading