Our Education Establishment is devoted to social engineering, not academic engineering. Our education commissars will sabotage academic aspects if that helps create more cooperative, more malleable children.
The biggest gimmick in the public schools is sight-words (also known by many other names). This approach to reading will basically guarantee semi-literacy at best. One very common outcome is dyslexia.
English is a phonetic language and must be learned phonetically.
Keep in mind that English has far more than 100,000 words. At one time, the official dogma in our public schools was that children could memorize all these words on sight. This is completely idiotic. Many ordinary children cannot memorize even 300!
I write about the subject all the time because it’s intellectually fascinating. Our so-called educators invent these methods that don’t work, then they have to brainwash teachers into believing in the methods, and then in turn brainwashing parents into accepting the methods. The children themselves don’t know what’s being done to them, so they are just lost souls herded around from assessment to remediation to psychiatric counseling.
Here is a good introductory article. All parents with school-age children should take a look: MAMMAS, DON'T LET YOUR BABIES GROW UP TO LEARN SIGHT-WORDS.
Here’s a somewhat more technical article about why sight-words are so difficult. Anybody interested in the reading problem will love this article: MASSIVE K-12 READING FAILURE EXPLAINED