Teaching phonetics will help students
I just read the New Haven Register article on teaching reading in New Haven. I am appalled that there is a question about the value of phonics as part of teaching reading. American English is 85% phonetically regular. This means that we should have direct instruction in phonics as part of the reading program.
I was in first grade during the “look/say” period. “Look, look, look! See Dick, see Jane! The method was repetition and it was inadequate. I learned to read anyway. At one point, it just “clicked” in my head.