Thursday, October 18, 2018

Kit Siang to Dr.Maszlee: Don't fall into Najib's trap

The following is an article I read in  the Star on 16.10.2018. Here are some extracts from the article.

Kit Siang to Dr Maszlee: Don’t fall into Najib’s trap, stop talking about socks and shoes

“The DAP senior politician said that both Najib and Umno propagandists wanted to project the image that he [Dr Maszlee]  is a very mediocre minister who has very limited vision and objectives in the transformation of education in the country.”

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

They've got it all wrong - NOD Malaysia/ Star Online

In an article on Star Online on 4.10.2018; The National Organisation for Dyslexia Malaysia had said the following:

It has also been training teachers to teach language through the phonetic approach, assessing and teaching children who are dyslexic, and counselling parents.

“Dyslexia is a state in which one finds it extremely challenging to bring a sound to the written letter. One has difficulty in reading, writing and spelling.

“Therefore, sounds of the language or phonics are taught and not the letter names as in the traditional method.

“Where phonics does not work all the way, as in teaching English, the whole word approach is used,” said NOD president Dr Mullai A. Ramaiah.
Dr Mullai said dyslexia was often diagnosed as a disorder.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Luqman Michel vs Astro and Baby TV (Part 3)

After almost a month and not making any headway I decided to write to the CEO of Astro.

Here are my two emails to the CEO of Astro.

Sent: Monday, 8 October 2018, 17:48:45 GMT+8
Subject: My complaint on your programme

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Luqman Michel vs Astro, BabyTv (Part 2)

The above is the episode on Astro and Unifi that I know will cause kids to shut down. I have explained as to why kids shut down in my blog posts as well as in my book.
On 12th September, 2018 I sent a lengthy email to Astro where I explained why kids shut down from learning to read. I requested Astro to use what I had discovered on why kids shut down to do a programme to reduce illiteracy. I recommended them to get a copy of my book from the internet.
Here are the main points stating that many kids shut down from learning to read because of wrong teaching of sounds.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Luqman Michel vs Astro and BabyTV

On 12.9.2018 I wrote to Astro stating that kids shut down from learning to read as a result of being confused. 

On 13.9.2018 (exactly a month ago) I wrote and complained about one of Astro’s programmes that I know will cause kids to shut down from learning to read.

Dyslexia vs Shut Down Kids (Part 3)

“Although many dyslexics learn to read accurately they may continue to read slowly and not automatically.”

My comment: Again only 2 of my more than 60 students so far read slowly and not automatically. These two students are the ones I taught this year. They were siblings where one is in primary 3 and the other is in primary 5.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Courtesy call on YB Datuk Jennifer Lasimbang

She is Sabah’s Assistant Education and Innovation minister. I made a courtesy call on her at her Dun office in Moyog today, Tuesday, 9 October, 2018.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Dyslexia vs Shut down kids (Part 2)

"There has been over 30 years of documented, scientific evidence and research proving the existence of dyslexia." (Dyslexia Association)

My Response: How is it that after “30 years of documented scientific evidence” there is still no scientific definition of what dyslexia is?

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Dyslexia vs Shut Down Kids - Part 1

Facts (I call them lies) as claimed by the British Dyslexia Association

There has been over 30 years of documented, scientific evidence and research proving the existence of dyslexia. It is one of the most common learning disabilities to affect children.

My comment: That is what the Dyslexia Association wants the world to believe and they have done a good job at that. WHY? Because of MONEY! Dyslexia is a big money spinner. Money made at the expense of gullible parents.

Dyslexia is one of the most common causes of reading difficulties in elementary school children. Only 1 in 10 dyslexics will qualify for an IEP and receive the special education services in order to get the help in reading that they need.

My comment: IEP means Individualised Education Programme. In all cases, the IEP must be tailored to the individual student's needs as identified by the IEP evaluation process. You may read more here.

The International Dyslexia Foundation, states that between 15% and 20% of the population have a language-based learning disability. Dyslexia is the most common of these.

My comment: In 2004, when I first started teaching kids certified as dyslexic, I surfed the net every day and at that time the % of dyslexic kids was commonly stated as 5%. By 2010 it went up to 10% and soon after it was stated as 20%. Obviously, it will keep increasing as now parents would want their children classified as dyslexic as they will then be entitled to IEP. The people with vested interest will benefit monetarily. Imagine the amount they will make just by intervention/ remediation. (More on this in the next few days)

Note: An old friend of mine had told me on numerous occasions that I wrote too much in one post and should restrict it to not more than a page. As such I am going to take his advice and going to write bite-sized articles spread over more than a week.

A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep. ~ Vernon Howard

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Pamela Snow 'Perpetuating Myths about Phonics Instruction'


Here is an article in a blog post by Pamela Snow. The quotes in red are from a report by Prof. Robyn Ewing. I wrote to Robyn and am awaiting her response. The indented words that are not in red are by Pamela Snow.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Time, audience/receivers all play a part (Episode 1)

A LinkedIn friend responded to a comment I made and said; ‘Time, audience/receivers all play a part.

I believe it is time to write with no holds barred.

I read an article entitled ‘The couple who helped decode dyslexia – The Shaywitz’s’ and I am intrigued by why people swallow ‘Hook line and sinker’ anything and everything written by so called ‘experts’.

Here are a few excerpts and my comments and please feel free to grill me on my comments.

People with dyslexia have trouble separating words into phonemes, the sounds that correspond with each part of a word. For example, the word “dog” is broken down into the phonemes “duh,” “aah” and “guh.”
Hearing these discrete sounds is a vital part of learning to read. But people with dyslexia hear the word only in its entirety: “dog.”

Friday, September 21, 2018

Suicide prevention and shut down kids

Recently I read a post on LinkedIn published on 12.9.2018 entitled:

Suicide Prevention Plan: 5 Tips to Deal With Thoughts of Suicide”

 The article is written by psychiatrist Melissa Welby, MD.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Phonics video that should be banned

The above is just one video to support my post yesterday. How does a teacher know what is the correct way to teach phonemes of alphabets?

My friend Ms Rose Hsu was honest in coming out to say she had made a mistake and taught phonemes of alphabets wrongly. 

Naïve parents let their children listen to videos, such as above, thinking that they will learn the alphabet sounds little realizing that many of them will be confused and end up shutting down from learning to read. The way phonemes are taught in many schools is more or less like that on the video.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Colorado's Dyslexic Students Face Systemic Challenges

Here are extracts from a Colorado Public Radio News. 

Colorado's Dyslexic Students Face Systemic Challenges—If They Can Even Get A Diagnosis

But then she was failing. Years of struggling in class had worn away at her self-esteem, and eventually her will to live.” 

My comment: Yes, this is true with smart kids who cannot understand why they are smart and yet are unable to read. They enter school with very high self-esteem which is lost within a few months of entering grade one. My first student kept asking me ‘Uncle, do you think I am stupid?’This question was asked by him intermittently and stopped when he was able to read at grade level.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Initial learning

One of the chapters in my book is on ‘The importance of initial learning’.

I believe there are two broad categories of learners. About 70% of children do not question and learn whatever the teacher teaches. About 30% of kids are those that are logical thinkers who question everything they learn. When what they are taught does not make sense or does not agree with what has been learned earlier they shut down or disengage from learning to read.