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The Data...

Don't take my word for it - there has been a lot of research on this topic!  Here's just a tiny sampling, including an important audio documentary from American Public Media:

Hard Words:  Why Aren't Kids Being Taught to Read?

https://www.apmreports.org/story/2018/09/10/hard-words-why-american-kids-arent-being-taught-to-read

https://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/tables/5116-fourth-grade-reading-achievement-levels?loc=1&loct=2#ranking/2/any/true/1729/1185/11560

http://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/smart_future.html

https://www.nationsreportcard.gov/reading_2009/reading_2009_tudareport/