"There is one area where the teaching research is definitive: The best way to teach childre to read is phonics. No new theory or method has ever improved on it."
-- Gov. George W. Bush, speaking to members of the Latin Business association in Los angeles, about school reform and student achievment
"We should test new elementary school teachers...as a part of a national crusade to ensure that every child can read independently and well by the end of the third grade."
-- Vice President Al Gore, in remarks prepared for delivery to the Michigan Education Association in Lansing