I'm not sure if this is just my state, my school district, my son's teacher, whatever. But has anyone else experienced a teacher employing the use of context clues, rather than phonetic pronunciation to teach children (5-6 year olds) how to read? His teacher last year told us flat out that they don't teach kids to read phonetically anymore. Apparently, they use context clues like looking at the pictures in the story, as well as repeated exposure to teach them to read. This has created a monster. I'm not sure if this works for other kids, but it didn't work for ours. He's constantly skipping ahead while reading, and only tries to sound something out as a last resort. His first reaction is to simply guess at the word. Now I'm frustrated, because I feel like I'm having to deprogram him at home from everything he was taught last year. I don't think that his reading ability has suffered, but it's definitely created a lot of bad habits that I now have to break. Has anyone heard of this? What are your thoughts on this approach?