Friday, April 10, 2020

"I am capable of navigating research". (Professor P.L. Thomas)

P. L. Thomas is a Professor at Furman University.

He said on his Twitter message on 7.4.2020 - ‘I have a doctorate and I know that I do *not* know everything even though I am capable of navigating research.’

Thursday, April 9, 2020

To teach or not to teach the correct pronunciation of phonemes

Since 2010, I have been harping on the correct pronunciation of phonemes. 

A majority of us learn to read despite the pronunciation of phonemes being taught wrongly. However, about 20% of kids – the smart kids who like to learn things logically – shut down from learning when the pronunciation of phonemes is taught wrong. These are the smart kids who are then wrongly classified as dyslexic.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Plug holes in my hypothesis - a comment by a friend

Here is a message on messenger from a good friend which I think is better answered on my blog so that others may benefit from it.

Idiotic statement by Dr. Robert Slavin

Here is one statement on Robert Slavin’s blog post that I would like to discuss.

“…However, I do not think there are many students who could succeed with non-phonetic approaches…”

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

"Students who need phonics and students who do not" -Robert Slavins blog Part 3

This is a continuation of the email that I had sent to Robert Slavin.

Extract from Robert’s blog post:

“Since it is impossible to know in advance which students will need phonics and which will not, it just makes sense to teach using methods likely to maximize the chances that all children (those who need phonics and those who would succeed with or without them) will succeed in reading.”

Monday, April 6, 2020

Preposterous idea - Dr.Robert Slavin blog post Part 2

Here is an email I wrote to Dr. Robert Slavin on 28.3.2020 when there was no response to my comment on his blog post - ‘Science of Reading: Can We Get Beyond Our 30-Year Pillar Fight?’

Sunday, April 5, 2020

The Shameful practices of many ‘Educated’ Americans

One of the most shameful practices of American Educators is the fact that they bury their heads into the ground when they are cornered by questions they cannot respond to.

Reid Lyon and David Boulton of the Children of the Code fame are just two of the many.
Timothy Shanahan ignores comments which he cannot respond too.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Reading Wars - Robert Slavin's blog post Part 1

                                                                  Robert Slavin (Ph.D.)
                                                                Educational Researcher

Let us take a short break from Diane Ravitch and get back to her later.

Here is a blog post by Robert Slavin written on 26.3.2020, on which I commented. The author has touched on the heart of the ‘Reading Wars’.

The following are a few extracts from the blog above.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Turning a blind eye or remaining oblivious

Here is a post on LinkedIn by a LinkedIn Connection, Nitu Bhojwani on 3.4.2020 which I am copying verbatim.

Diane Ravitch - Philosopher of Education?

                                                            Philosopher of Education

On the internet, it says Diane Ravitch's blog is 'A site to discuss better education for all.'
I read the following on Diane Ravitch's Blog .
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Joint Statement Regarding
“Science of Reading”

It’s time for the media and political distortions to end, and for the literacy community and policymakers to fully support the literacy needs of all children.
Unfortunately, this media coverage has distorted the research evidence on the teaching of reading, with the result that policymakers are now promoting and implementing policy based on misinformation.
This key idea of a “balanced literacy” approach stresses the importance of phonics, authentic reading, and teachers who can teach reading using a full toolbox of instructional approaches and understandings.
At the very least, federal and state legislation should not continue to do the same things over and over while expecting different outcomes.
I made the following comment and I expected Diane Ravitch to agree or dispute what I said.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

A comment on Diane Ravitch's Blog Post

Here is a response from a teacher who responded to my comment on Diane Ravitch’s blog post.
bethree5 on NEPC: There Is No “Science of Reading”.

My comment truncated:

“The researchers who only speak one language – English – have yet to do research on why many smart kids can read in Malay and Romanised Mandarin, both of which use the same letters as English but are unable to read in English. I have done that research for 15 years with more than 70 […]”

8 - Innate learning difficulties or learned difficulties

                                                                    David Boulton

David Boulton on an article in the Children of the Code said:

10 times the number of kids who have innately biologically ordered learning difficulties have learning difficulties that are a consequence of what they learned…... Until such time we can read that they are cognitively going askew relative to what they have learnt in the past then our teaching is kind of brute force against this deep core stuff that is working against us.

How much of what they are struggling with is an innate learning problem and how much of what they are struggling with is what they have learned in the past working against them learning now.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Balanced Literacy?

Unable to find suitable books to teach my so-called dyslexic students, I decided to print my own material for teaching kids using phonics created with family words picked up from the internet.
Then I incorporated sight words for them to memorise so that reading will be fluent. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

7 Unhealthy learning

In a video called ‘Unhealthy Learning’ David Boulton says: 

When a child’s mind starts to develop avoidance of confusion then that avoidance can spill out to the confusion that is involved to learning about other things and it is this – this core deep structure of readings influence, both cognitive, linguistic, automatic processing level and at the emotional avoidance level why reading has a powerful core relation ….

Stephen Parker - Phonics proponent Part 2

I know Stephen Parker is teaching phonics accurately. If phonics is taught the way he does then for sure there will be no kid disengaging from learning to read.

Monday, March 30, 2020

6 Ambiguity and confusion

This is a continuation of the last post.

David Boulton: 

But the key in both cases is to find out where they're at foundationally and then give them manageable steps into the confusion that they can work through.

Stephen Parker – Phonics in isolation proponent (Part 1)

On 27 March 2020, I was blocked by Stephen Parker from Twitter. It was he who added me and then he removed himself which does not bother me. However, it would be nice to know the reason. 

Sunday, March 29, 2020

The Naïve Whites Part 5

Unfolding the Ambiguity in the Code:

The following is an interview conducted by David Boulton with Siegfried Engelmann 

Siegfried Engelmann: 

In other words, we've let the kids tell us what we were doing wrong… The only one that didn't totally strike out was ITA, which was sort of like an adaptation of the International Phonetic Alphabet.

Emily Hanford – comments on Twitter by other members

Denny Taylor @DennyTaylorYes Mar 20

@ehanford is not a scientist. She has co-opted the term "science of reading" for her lucrative ideological stance & she is gas-lighting teachers This has happened before. "Beginning to Read & the Spin Doctors of Science" shreds her arguments @plthomasEdD

Saturday, March 28, 2020

The Naïve Whites Part 4

The following is what another educator had said on Children of the Code.

Instructional Casualties:
Dr.G Reid Lyon: When we look at the kids who are having a tough time learning to read and we went through the statistics, thirty-eight percent nationally, dis-aggregate that, seventy percent of kids from poverty and so forth hit the wall.

Emily Hanford - I waited and waited

This is a continuation of my Emails to Emily Hanford of American Public Media.

AND I waited from September 2017 and decided to give Emily a nudge on 3.1.2019 after reading her article on 'Why Millions of kids can't read'.

On Thursday, 3 January 2019, 18:06:04 GMT+8, luqman michel wrote:

Friday, March 27, 2020

The Naïve Whites part 3

David Boulton in his reply to me said the following:

"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:"


My immediate response to Emily Hanford

I was so happy to receive the reply from Emily Hanford and I immediately wrote the following email to her.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Naïve Whites Part 2

Here is another quote from the arrogant Dr.David Boulton.

Comment on my post on Emily Hanford and APM

Malaysians and Singaporeans are just as bad as the Whites.

A long-time friend of mine had commented on my post this morning about the Naïve Whites who sweep, anything they have not experienced, under the carpet.

 He commented: “Americans only listen to their OWN voices bro,,,,”

My Email to APM (American Public Media) and Emily's response

Emily Hanford APM
Contact Name: Michel Luqman
Contact Email:
September 2017 
Dear Sir,
I read your article 'How American schools fail kids with dyslexia dated 11.9.2017 with great interest.
I have been teaching so-called 'dyslexic' kids for more than 13 years and I am convinced that illiteracy levels can be reduced drastically if kids are taught properly. I have the answers. Do you have the ears to listen?

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Naïve Whites Part 1

I have been diplomatic since 2010 and requesting white educators to discuss my findings. I believe they are naive and do not understand what I have been saying or it is possible that they are working  with the big boys who are benefitting from the Dyslexia con.

It is now time to be direct and say what I want to say the way truth should be told.

I quote what Dr.David Boulton had written in my LinkedIn post in 2017.

“I have been bombarded over the years with people 'certain' that if only their way was adopted (spelling reform to instructional method) everyone would be great readers. I don't have the time or interest in being the object such people want to stroke themselves with. I am clear and on the record for decades re what is the reason children struggle to read English. If as you say you have been through my work you'd know that I appreciate that you help people. I don't want to engage further with you. I am not interested in being a platform for self-aggrandizing. I wish you all the best.”.

My tweets to and from Emily Hanford

Emily Hanford is a Senior Producer and Correspondent at APM (American Public Media).

Let me state at the onset that I have nothing against Emily and I am not a fan of anyone either.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

LinkedIn Discussion – Explicit targeted instruction

Here is a discussion on LinkedIn last month.

I was sure there will be a lot of discussion as this post was by an Educational Consultant.

Lynn Givens an Educational Consultant, Developer of Reading Intervention Program, posted the following photo on LinkedIn and made the following comment:

“This is why we MUST provide explicit, targeted instruction and practice opportunities to all of students.” (Lynn Givens)

I was the first to comment:

Monday, March 23, 2020

The Dyslexia Scam

I have taught more than 70 kids since 2004 on a one on one basis. Many of them were certified as dyslexic by some experts in Singapore and even from Australia.
After a few years of teaching, I realised that they were all shut down kids and did not fit into the dyslexia description on the internet.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Email to Hon Betsy DeVos- Secretary of Education of the US

Here is an email to Hon. Betsy DeVos the Secretary of education in the USA.
I wrote one email in May and another in June 2018 and received the same reply stating that it was being passed to the relevant officers and that was the end. 

How do we expect the reading standards to improve with such attitude from the Education Department?

Friday, March 20, 2020

Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)

                                            Click on the photo above for a clearer picture.

Phonics advocates keep saying that phonics is being taught in schools.

In fact, only a few schools, even in the UK, are teaching phonics the way it ought to be taught. Otherwise, the UK will not be no 14 in the PISA test and far behind China.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

YouTube videos on why kids shut down from learning to read

Kids shutting down and kids being not fluent in reading are not synonymous. The roughly 20% who are classified as dyslexic are the kids I refer to as shut down kids. The dyslexia advocates simply classify them as dyslexic for their own benefit. From my research, I believe the number of kids who are dyslexic is less than one (1) % of the population.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Washington Post - Confirmation

Here are some extracts from an article from dated 12.3.2020 that confirms what I have been writing for years.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Another Australian tweet - confident or arrogant

Immediately after my tweets to and from Dr.David Zyngier came a tweet from someone called Beebee.

And what is the wrong pronunciation of phonemes? There r different accents across Australia.  Which one is 'correct'?

Sunday, March 15, 2020

China vs the USA

I have been writing to the Caucasian countries since 2010 on how to eradicate illiteracy. The egos of the so-called educators from these countries have made them blind to what they have been seeking for, in the last few decades.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Egona virus

There is a virus that has been going around the US for decades which has spread around the world. It appears to affect Caucasian Educators more than others.

The virus is called the Egona virus.

Disease caused by - Ego

Symptoms :

1. Lack of Clarity
2. Non Acceptance
3. Half knowledge with Know it all Attitude
3. Jumbled Thoughts and Words
4. Sarcasm to retaliate
5. Mock to offend

Treatment - Self Awareness, Self-Worth, Self Confidence...

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

An arrogant educator from Australia - Dr David Zyngier

Here are tweets from another arrogant educator from Australia who thinks he knows everything there is to know about education. Many of the Caucasian educators from Australia are as arrogant as many from the US and the UK.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

"Research' is what nobody else has thought

“Research is to see what everybody else sees, and think what nobody else has thought.” 

The above was said by Hungarian biochemist, Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, who first isolated vitamin C.

I, Luqman Michel, have thought and seen what no one else in the world has seen or thought. The Caucasians have a problem even understanding it.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

A third unsolicited book review

Here is a third book review from someone in the US which I happened to read a few days ago. It is followed by my comments. You may read all the three book reviews here.

Stanley B. Hooper
3.0 out of 5 stars
Kill Usual Letter Sound outs for Children
Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2020

Monday, March 2, 2020

Jeff Bowers vs Jennifer Buckingham - The Reading Wars

There has been tweets by Jeff Bowers on Tweeter for a few days on his response to Jennifer Buckingham’s post entitled: “The grass is not greener on Jeffrey Bowers’ side of the fence: Systematic phonics belongs in evidence-based reading programs”.

This is another example of what these so-called educators write on without knowing what they are talking about.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Dyslexia vs Shut down kids

In one of my posts on LinkedIn a visitor, Graeme Wadlow, had made the following comment. Here is a link to the article he has referred to and for those who insist on Research reports there is a whole list of research reports links attached.

What is Dyslexia?

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Discourse with Iowa reading research centre

I have written many emails to many universities and professors from 2010 to no avail.

On 16.1.2020 I wrote to Iowa reading research centre on FaceBook as well as directly to an email address provided on the internet. The following is our conversation.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

My YouTube posts

I am proud to announce that my YouTube video is listed in the Top 20 Dyslexia YouTube Channels
To Follow in 2020.

My latest video can be found here.

Subscribe to it and share it with your friends if you find value in it.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Presentation to teachers at St.Francis Convent

Yesterday, 15.2.2020 I made a presentation to St.Francis Convent in Kota Kinabalu.
There were 9 teachers who attended my presentation.

The teachers were glad that I had made the presentation and presented me with a small token and a certificate.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Top 50 Dyslexia Blogs

Recently I submitted my Blog name to Feedspot.

I am happy to announce that the founder of Feedspot, Mr. Anuj Agarwal,
and his panel selected my blog as one of the Top 50 Dyslexia Blogs on the web.

Here is the website where my blog is listed as one of the top 50 Dyslexia Blogs.