Delighted to receive, on Christmas eve, photos and notes from a parent of two children I taught to read over ten years ago, who have both graduated with first class honours degrees. One came top in her MSc and is working on a fully-funded doctorate, and the other is working for a large organisation in Cambridge. The scientist learned very straightforwardly and quickly, the ICT specialist resisted, and learned in the longer term through parental use of the same techniques. Nevertheless, both got there, and are examples of how highly intelligent people can have serious problems with learning to read, because they think logically, and our spelling is a blend of the logic of more than one language.
Add these two firsts to other recent results - A in GCSE and A level French. A* in English and English Literature - and we can see that the effects of the approach on this site extend well beyond the initial stages of learning to read. Explaining English and other languages as they are, and not as some of us would like them to be, enables people to understand them.
Educational failure is unnecessary. It's time we got rid of it.