The following is my tweet to Debbie Hepplewhite.
Luqman Michel @debbiehepp
I have no problem with what you and @suelloydtcrw are doing.My contention is that consonants should not be taught with extraneous sounds. Teach correctly and the reading wars will end.
You are right that as far as possible the consonant sounds should not be modelled with an “uh” but this is not even possible for some of the sounds. This does not explain disaffection and dyslexia.
My comment now: I find it difficult to accept this coming from Debbie Hepplewhite who says she is a Phonics consultant/trainer. Author of Phonics International, No-Nonsense Phonics?
I think one should not shoot from the hip.
I had attached the link to the video clip that clearly sounds out the letters of the alphabet. Click here to see the video.
Compare the above with what is sounded out in the video produced by Baby TV. Click here.
Unfortunately, it is the Baby TV way that is being taught around the world. I have many video clips in my blog supporting my statement.
Fortunately, the majority of kids somehow learn to read by patterns and analogies. They struggle to connect the sounds of the letters to the words taught and learn to read after wasting much time. Why don’t we make it easy for them to learn to read by pronouncing the correct sounds represented by letters?
Do listen to my YouTube video here. There is no hidden agenda. I want illiteracy to be reduced if not eradicated. That should be the aim of all educators.
The western world keeps doing the same thing year after year and expects different results. They keep looking for the reason why kids are unable to read and when I spell out the reasons they refuse to even discuss this matter.
My contention is based on what I have learned from the students I have taught. I have found corroborative pieces of evidence, that support my findings, from many educators including David Boulton, Reid Lyon, Siegfried Engelmann, Richard Selznick, Nancy Hennessy and many others.
I believe, my findings will be accepted when new research students start doing research on what I have been saying for the past 10 years.