What are you doing to me here! Lol In my defense, I distinctly recall no less than THREE pedagogical "experiments" being run while I was in school. 1. Learning to read through pronunciation. - that was eliminated in favor of: 2. Learning to read through whole word sight recognition. - that was scrapped as we went on to.... 3. Complete elimination of advanced formal grammar and a return to word pronunciation... Thank the Gods I got out before ebonics was taught...... wanna, dunno, yaeva... Holy Jesus.... When I was a child, we learned long vowel as in the names of the letters. Short vowel was a single vowel sound. Other vowel was anything else, and I recall this was a rather large category. I'd have to look them all up. But something like the dipthong "oo" might have went in there or..... the "eye" sound when ae or ey are together (I think). I'll try to look around today.