Sunday, April 15, 2018

Dyslexia or shut down kids (Part 2)

Please read my last post before reading this post.

My comments are based on an article from Houston Chronicle.

“They’ll argue that one answer to our nation’s reading crisis may be in plain sight.”

My comment: Yes, one answer to the world’s reading crisis is in plain sight but who is listening to what I have been writing since 2010.

I was the first person in the world to challenge the 40 years old theory that 'Phonological awareness deficit ' is the cause of 'Dyslexia'. 

If any educators here in LinkedIn is truly interested in reducing illiteracy then buy a few copies of my book that will be published in June this year and distribute it to kindergartens around your area. Illiteracy rate will be greatly reduced if not eradicated.

Shaywitz’s research shows that the reading gap between dyslexics and other readers is already present by first grade. While some factors leading students to read below grade level are tough to mitigate, dyslexia is not. It starts with identifying dyslexic students early on, a process simplified by an inexpensive, evidence-based screening tool developed by the Shaywitzes that takes teachers mere minutes to complete. That, followed by effective reading instruction, could help close the gaps that bedevil student progress.

My comment: Reading gaps may be present by first grade but the gaps are created by teachers from kindergarten. I have examples of what creates reading gaps in my book.

What are the factors that are tough to mitigate and what are not tough to mitigate? 

What is effective reading instruction?

All these vague statements are never questioned by any reader just because some of these writers have a string of letters behind their names.

They don’t know why dyslexics struggle. Shaywitz explains that while speaking is natural for the human brain, reading is artificial. Our brains have only been doing it around 5,000 years. Decoding visual images into sounds takes time to learn. While 80 percent of the population does this automatically, dyslexics do it manually, in part because they rely more heavily on a less-efficient part of the brain. They use up more attention reading and get tired quicker than strong readers.

My comment: 
1. Does Dr. Sally Shaywitz know why 'dyslexics' struggle?
2. What is automatically and manually?
3. How is it that all my so called dyslexic students could read ‘Automatically’ in Malay but
    Switched to manual when it came to reading in English?
4. Who taught them to switch ‘gears’?

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