chapter  1
Why Another Book on Phonics?
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I never thought that I would be writing a book about phonics. I’ve grown

weary, along with other teachers and learners, of the supposed war be-

tween phonics and whole language (Carbo, 1988; Chall, 1989; Taylor,

1989) because I’m convinced that it’s not a war at all; it’s more of a smear

campaign that seems ultimately directed at hurting teachers and students

while supporting the publishers of the phonics programs (see Berliner &

Biddle, 1995; Spring, 1997; Taylor, 1998). That smear campaign is one

motivation for writing this book.