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August 19, 2004

Expert on Early Reading Education Dies

Theodore W. Clymer, an expert who successfully challenged many common myths of early reading education, died after a long illness at his home in Carmel, California, on July 25. He was 77. (photo dates from around 1967, copyright University of Minnesota).

In 1963, Dr. Ted Clymer made a big impact in the education community with his study on phonic generalizations. He analyzed 45 such generalizations commonly used by elementary teachers to teach children to read and found that only 18 of them were accurate more than 75 percent of the time.

The example often used to explain his study is...

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