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[Susan notes: When a newspaper runs an article that looks like a press release, reproof is in order. Steve does the job.]

Submitted to New York Times but not published

To the editor

"In Cities, a Battle to Improve Teenage Literacy"

(April 14) reads more like an advertisement than a newspaper article. It makes extravagant claims for an expensive product, "Read 180", and ignores an obvious and much more economical first step in improving literacy among teenagers, one supported by a great deal of research as well as common sense: Well-stocked school and public libraries. The vast majority of those who have reading problems have little or no access to interesting reading material. These students need books, not exercises on the computer.

Stephen Krashen

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