from http://www.esoluk.co.uk/beginners/docs/ ... rashen.pdf
To support such a claim, one would have to show that there are substantial numbers
of children who have learned to read without extensive phonics training (this is easy
to find), and also substantial numbers of children who cannot "learn to read by
reading," who require extensive phonics instruction. The existence of this second
group has never been demonstrated: To do so, one must find large numbers of
children who have been read to, who have substantial exposure to comprehensible
and interesting texts, and who nevertheless fail to learn to read.