Sunday, February 2, 2020

Why kids shut down/ disengage from learning to read

My friend who knows how to do a professional YouTube video is currently not available. As such I am doing this simple video to hopefully convince educators why many kids shut down from learning. I have said over the last 10 years that many smart kids disengage from learning to read when they are confused.

i.                    I have learned why kids shut down directly from the students I have taught since 2004.
ii.                  There are many corroborative evidences in my blog to support my findings.
iii.               I have published ‘Shut down kids’ detailing what I have learned and have 2 unsolicited book reviews on amazon.
iv.                There are videos, in my blog, of kids stating they were confused by sounds of letters and their connections to words taught. These videos were uploaded on Children of the Code by David Boulton.
v.                  There are many videos where letter sounds are sounded out with extraneous sounds.
vi.                Not a single person has disputed what I have said so far but I must qualify this by saying that many educators from the US have asked for data and my credentials.
vii.             Recently someone from Australia has also said that the 70 odd students I have taught on a one on one basis will not count as there are no research reports supporting my theory. 

I hope some of you reading this post will think for yourself and not wait for research reports to prove that letters with extraneous sounds create confusion for about 20% of kids around the world. I believe that the dyslexic kids amount to less than 1% of the population. The rest of the 20% are instructional casualties.

It could possibly be that all students are confused when consonants are taught with extraneous sounds but somehow 80% of these kids overcome this and some of them become fluent readers. 

I want to take this opportunity to thank a lady Ph.D.  from Florida in the USA who had constantly liked my posts on LinkedIn thus giving me the motivation to continue with my quest – to help shut down kids and parents of such kids around the world.

Please listen to the YouTube here and if you think it makes sense PLEASE share it with your contacts so that we may together reduce illiteracy.


1 comment:

Luqman Michel said...

I am baffled as to why educators like David Boulton, Timothy Shanahan, Andrew Johnson, Reid Lyon, and many others including a teacher from Australia Mark Anderson who say that they cannot accept anything if not scientifically researched.

When are researchers going to conduct research on whether letter sounds are taught correctly?

When are we going to end the 'Reading Wars'?