Thursday, December 7, 2017

Dyslexia – First do no harm


                             Those with vested interest will do anything for money


In medicine, there’s a First Do No Harm Rule. If you can’t make someone better, at least don’t make them worse.
The same rule should apply to education.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Creative Minds- Addendum



                           
There is no limit to the creativity of the Western World especially when it comes to duping the innocent public.

This post is an addendum to my post on Creative minds of the Western world.


I saw the following article on 9.11.2017 in ‘Global news’:

Why some parents of children with dyslexia feel they have to take matter into their own hands

Friday, November 24, 2017

America’s Gods of education



One of the most important business of God to be done on earth is to reduce the illiteracy rate. I have written many posts on how the number of kids leaving school each year as illiterates may be reduced and know that many people read my posts but I hardly get any ‘likes’ let alone comments in LinkedIn. Most of the likes are from connections in LinkedIn who are not teachers. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Today’s reality: More degrees less common sense



“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated”. Confucius


“Common sense is a basic ability to perceive, understand, and judge things that are shared by ("common to") nearly all people and can reasonably be expected of nearly all people without need for debate.”

The above is the internet definition of common sense. But is 'Common sense' common?

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Why we cling to our views so adamantly



'We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them', Albert Einstein.


I have said that if I were to draw a graph of my students learning to read, the graph will be horizontal to the Y axis for about a month before it suddenly and sharply moves upwards.You may read it here.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Got an opinion? (part 2)










"At the core are three issues (which are described in detail on the COTC site):

1) insufficient readiness for the challenge of learning (auditory/linguistic/cognitive/speed)

2) unnatural confusion     

3) self-blame>shame (distraction/avoidance)" (David Boulton)



“Children of the Code avoided advocating solutions so as not to be dismissed as having an agenda other than learning deeper into the challenge. 3 decades of work have culminated in a solution, an entirely different approach to supporting learning to read: https://youtu.be/lDVNUvocVz4  (David Boulton)

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Do you have an opinion?




I shall post some positive comments I have received from my readers of my blog and Face Book in the days to come but for now….

A teacher friend from Australia wrote the following, in an email to me, backing up Annaleese McNamara on her comment in LinkedIn. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Killed the Goose that laid the Golden Eggs









My next post this Sunday will be on the comment made by David Boulton in my post at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/drboulton-drlyon-drengelmann-disengaged-kids-luqman-michel

Those who are reading my posts are urged to read the above article. I have read it a few times while writing my next post and don’t see a connection between my post and David Boulton’s comment.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Dr.Joe Torgesen vs Luqman Michel









 “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ideas. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain

One such great giant is Dr. Joe Torgesen. He took his valuable time to respond to my many emails. We did not see eye to eye and I now understand why.

(This is a mighty long email but I have decided not to break it down into 2 or 3 parts. However, there is more to write on this and I will write after my short leave I am taking from today)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Discourse with Tim Conway Ph.D



I have another 5 articles to post (already written and yet to post) and then want to continue with my Chinese and Tamil studies which has stopped because of my involvement here in LinkedIn. I believe my mission in LinkedIn is now completed.

Meanwhile, I think I should write a post on the response (by way of message) I received from a Tim Conway Ph.D (TC) in a post by Prof Amanda Kirby on 9.10.2017.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Diacritical marks




This article is a prelude to my next two upcoming posts.

In one of my blog posts in 2010 found at: http://www.dyslexiafriend.com/2010/02/accent-markssolution-for-dyslexic-child.html    I had suggested that diacritics may help kids learn to read English a little better.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Moral Failure








This is the final part of 3 parts on the comment made by Annaleese McNamara.


“Often it sounds as if the tones have a subtext of accusing the other person of moral failure, so it's not blatantly ad hominem but the "music" of the argument makes it so, and that just makes the other more entrenched, because they might lose face.”


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Seek and Ye shall find









The following is the balance of my off the cuff response to Annaleese McNamara.

I also wrote about kids, who could not read, being wrongly classified as dyslexics. I don't know if the tone is wrong - but the message is gravely important. I have been writing about this since 2010 and is it possible that I don't get a response or comment because I got my tone wrong?
OR is it because the 'Gods of education' in US have not accepted it because it is a winning or losing issue?