The Weekly Sam: A Documentary on America’s Reading Problem

This is a letter Sam sent to Mr. Wayne Thompson of Cloud Ten Pictures.    While he never got a reply, there was a documentary entitled Indoctrination   which Sam appeared.

161 Great Road Littleton, MA 01460 978-952-2445
April 2, 2010

Wayne Thompson
Vice President, Cloud Ten Pictures
PO Box 1440
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

Dear Mr. Thompson,

I am the author of ten books on education, with a main interest in the issue of literacy and
how schools teach reading to make it impossible for many children to learn to read.
We have had a reading problem in this country and Canada ever since the 1930s when the
public schools changed the way reading is taught. They discarded the time-tested
alphabetic-phonics method and imposed a new sight-word or whole-word method that
teaches children to read English as if it were Chinese.

Americans first became aware of this problem in 1955 when Dr. Rudolf Flesch wrote his
famous book, Why Johnny Can’t Read. In that book he told parents and educators that
when you impose an ideological reading program on an alphabetic system you get
dyslexia and reading disability.

In my various writings I have shown why progressive educators decided to impose this
faulty teaching method on the public schools of North America. It had nothing to do
with enhancing literacy. Its aim was to destroy independent intelligence and turn the
children into little socialists. In 2007, the National Endowment for the Arts released an
alarmingv8b7y report on America’s declining literacy, Reading at Risk. The
Endowment’s chairman, Dana Gioia, stated: “This is a massive social problem. We are
losing the majority of the new generation. They will not achieve anything close to their
potential because of poor reading.”

A hard-hitting documentary film exposing this socialist plan to destroy literacy ought to
be made. When millions of children are unable to read the word of God, they become
the victims of any despotic power that hates God. I wish I had the means to make such a
film. But I do not. And that is why I am writing you. Your interest in the health of
children should make you angry at the thought that millions of children are being
deliberately dumbed down and turned into functional illiterates in order to serve the
purposes of atheist socialists. If such a project interests you, please let me know.

Sincerely yours,

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