The disadvantages of learning to read by the whole language method has been widely proven in scientific research. Large amounts of research in the past few decades have shown that teaching phonemic awareness produces the best reading results in Children. In fact, after an extensive review of over 1,960 clinical studies, the National Reading Panel has gone as far as to say that "teaching phonics and phonemic awareness produces better reading results than whole language programs. Teaching phonemic awareness improves a child's reading, reading comprehension, and spelling abilities ." The NRP findings also indicated that teaching to read programs involving phonemic awareness is far superior at improving a child's reading ability than a learning to read program that does not involve phonemic awareness instructions at all.