OT How old are you and how were you taught to read?
I heard a very interesting radio show tonight, and apparently the same fight about how to teach reading, that was going on at least since 1951 is still going on.
When I was 5, in 1952, (and of course they'd been debating it at the board of education for months or years before that), there was a contest between what was then called "Word recognition" and phonetics. Later these were known as whole word and phonics, and probably other names too.
Word recognition won, by the time I started first grade, but our first grade teacher, Miss Maxwell was 64 and entering her last year of teaching. She was not inclined to learn something new (which she probably had doubts about anyhow), so we learned phonetically. Everyone of us could read before we left for Xmas vacation, including the 2 girls who never knew the answer to questions. (and the one who stuttered, though I don't really think the two are related.)
Since then, a 3rd choice has reared its head, 3 cueing systems, where the reader tries to figure out the word from context: semantic, syntactic and graphophonic cues. I don't know what those words mean. On the radio they talked about the rest of the text, pictures, and something else. Did any of you get taught with a 3 cueing system?