The fifth speaker was the mayor of Miami, Ayer Favell. He is the most popular political figure in the city’s history: after twelve years in office, no one yet knows whether he is Democrat or Republican.
“The Lord has given me a new system to teach reading,” Cam said. “You’ll have fun trying it out. I call it the psycho-phonemic method. The alphabet I’ve used is phonemic—each letter stands for only one sound. Then, instead of throwing the whole alphabet at them at once, I form words with just four or five letters. That way they can be reading a few words the first day. This really encourages them and gives them confidence that they can learn. Each day I add a few more letters, and make words using all that they have learned to that point. Adults can learn to read in a month or less.”
We stood at the feet of a gigantic find, as unprepared, but also as sure of ourselves, as we could possibly be. We clambered up on it from every side, quickly, hungrily, and cleverly, with our time-honored skill, like ants. I was one of them. This is the story of an ant.