Learn to Read

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PBS (ended 1987)

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Learn to Read

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By the mid-1980s, an estimated 27 million American adults had no reading skills. It would take a total team effort to conquer adult illiteracy anywhere. That is why The Kentucky Network (KET) and Scripps-Howard Broadcasting created Learn to Read, with portions shot in Kentucky and Michigan. Indeed, content on Learn to Read was based on the Michigan Method. The format of Learn to Read was designed to help any adult with any defree of reading problem. Thirty programs, designed for broadcast over a six-week span, covered everything: letters, sounds, words, cursive handwriting, sentences. Besides instructors Doris Biscoe and Charlotte Scot, Learn to Read also relied on a handful of characters (we need their identities, so any submissions are welcome). Among them was Les the Letterman and Word Woman, quick to point up key sounds. Three other regulars displayed common signs and other reading material in real-life situations. Among the footage videotaped in Kentucky was the timid Billy Green, the "Book Guy," who was also taking the Learn to Read course. Wally "Famous" Amos opened and closed almost all the shows and provided handwriting lessons as well. Today, Learn to Read is still being broadcast in four areas (Kentucky, Detroit, New York and San Francisco), but not all run the show on a consistent basis. Indeed, only New York's Thirteen/WNET continues to air Learn to Read five days a week, as the old six-week course format had requested. Still, it's an effective series, always eager to accomplish its goal: to help America become more literate, one person at a time.moreless
Charlotte Scot

Charlotte Scot

Co-Instructor

Doris Biscoe

Doris Biscoe

Co-Instructor

Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson

Himself, in some Getting Along segments

Slyvia Glover

Slyvia Glover

Herself, in some Getting Along segments

Wally Amos

Wally Amos

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