This is a continuation of the interview of Louisa Moats by David Boulton.
Dr. Louisa Moats: Yes, but I think there are some very systematic, methodical, and successful approaches to teaching the code to children. They don’t resolve all of the problems and issues but as far as phoneme-grapheme mapping goes – that is just the first step in the process.
My comment: I have separated this part from the rest of the interview as I feel this is the foundation of teaching to read. Yes, phoneme-grapheme is the first step in the process and I believe this is deliberately being taught wrongly so that the big boys could milk the general public of their hard-earned money.
i. What are the ‘systematic, methodical and successful approaches’ to teaching the code?
ii. This was said 20 years ago and why has it not been implemented?
iii. Why have these suggestions been suppressed from teachers and parents?
iv. Again, what does David Boulton mean by saying that he does not want to give a solution as he does not want to be thought of as having an agenda?
David Boulton: How can we peer into the child’s confusion? The miraculous intersection is that the closer we get to their actual confusions the better that we can meet them. And the more aware they become of their confusions and the more aware they are that they can develop strategies to work through those confusions the better off they are. That’s the space I want to explore. Thank you so much.
My comment: Why does David Boulton have to ‘peer into the child’s confusion’ when the children had clearly said on the videos on Children of the Code that they were confused because they could not connect the letter sounds to the words.
If that is not enough I had also said the same thing to David via my emails to him in 2015 and again in 2017 as well as on LinkedIn in 2017 where he arrogantly disconnected me from his connection.
“That’s the space I want to explore”? For how much longer does he and his team including Louisa Moats want to explore?
The more I think about this the more I believe that these educators cannot be that naïve. There must be a puppet master pulling the strings.