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"Reading is not a natural process. In contrast to oral language development, reading does not emerge naturally from interactions with parents and other adults, even in print-rich environments. For most children, reading requires systematic and explicit instruction, although the degree of explicitness, directiveness, intensity and duration of instruction requires developing specific reading components that would vary across children."

– the 1999 Keys to Successful Learning Summit, sponsored by the National Center for Learning Disabilities in partnership with the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs and the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development

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