Tuesday, June 30, 2020

A ‘student’ has surpassed his ‘teacher’

A teacher who has more than 50 years’ experience in teaching decided to use my books made available to her.

She started teaching a 6.5-year-old kid and then a 5-year-old kid and has recently started teaching a 4.5-year-old kid.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Beliefs about learning

I read the following that was linked to a tweet yesterday.

Beliefs about learning—once established—tend to be deep-seated, difficult to change, and have a considerable impact on one’s motivation, behavior, and achievement (Bandura, 1997; Pajares, 1992). Thus, it is important that people have adaptive rather than maladaptive views of learning.

I feel so stupid that I believed what I was told instead of questioning authority and evaluating the research for myself.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Discussion or argument on social media

I have been writing on one main idea on my blog since my first dispute, on the theory that phonological awareness deficit is the cause of dyslexia, was resolved. That theory that lasted for about 40 years was debunked in 2015.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Seeds have begun to germinate

One of the good things brought about by Covid19 is the fact that many educators have had the time to read tweets and the links attached.

Friday, June 26, 2020

The "illusion of truth" effect.

The illusion of truth is a mechanism by which one comes to believe something is true when it’s not. In fact, they don’t just believe it; they also defend it as true. Also, they close themselves off to the possibility that it might be false.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Analogical reasoning

The following is a tweet by me to Sue Lloyd Replying @NarelleLynch1 and @RobertSlavin

Here is another video clip in this post where the phonemes represented by letters are read wrongly and yet the university student in Australia is able to read the nonsense words easily.

Is she reading using SSP or by analyses?

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Teaching methods not as important as curriculum (Greg Ashman)

Here are some extracts from Greg Ashman’s post and my comments.

We need an early phonics check, like the one recently trialled in South Australia, to ensure that readers are not lost to literacy early. As many phonics advocates have maintained, let’s place a warning sign and a fence at the top of the cliff instead of parking an ambulance at the bottom of it.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Saturday, June 20, 2020

“dog” is broken down into the phonemes “duh,” “aah” and “guh.” (Sally Shaywitz) A revisit

The Couple Who Helped Decode Dyslexia

This is a revisit of a post earlier.

I read an article entitled ‘The couple who helped decode dyslexia – The Shaywitz’s’.

I am intrigued by why people swallow Hook line and sinker anything and everything written by so-called ‘experts’.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Reading Reform Foundation, Geraldine Carter and Debbie Hepplewhite

Note: The founder of RRF UK, Mona Mcnee, was a friend of mine. We had exchanged emails until the point she was almost blind and had to read my emails by asking someone to read to her. I then decided to stop writing to her.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Foundation for further learning

A good foundation is crucial to any building project. It is such common knowledge that it is used as a metaphor for stability in dozens of different scenarios. For instance, basic knowledge in a given subject acts as a foundation for further learning. Our children’s early years’ education is labelled as foundation years.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Letter sounds by a kid from Lagos

 The above video is of a kid who is in preschool sounding out the sounds represented by letters. I have a few more such videos. 

Monday, June 15, 2020



The following are emails between Amplify and me which are self-explanatory.

Here is an email from Amplify on 28.2.2020.

I believe Amplify is the marketing arm of Science of Reading

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Science of Reading (SoR)

Why is there so much hype about Science of Reading recently? 

Is Amplify the marketing arm of SoR?

Science of Reading has been there for at least 40 years if not a hundred years as can be seen from extracts from the websites below.

Why would some of these so-called top educators promote Science of Reading?

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Right to read project (Part 2)

This is a continuation of my post yesterday.
Here are further extracts from the article and my comments.

"When educators understand how the brain learns to read we are compelled to reexamine our previous beliefs about why students struggle."

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Twitter discussion on 2018 PISA test

Here is a question I tweeted someone and was questioned by another, a teacher from the UK, followed by my responses.

Luqman Michel Jun 7

Do you really need research reports to tell you that consonants should not be taught with extraneous sounds?
I have given you what I have learned directly from my students.
If the Anglo world does not understand should they not do research?

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The Problem with, "Show Me the Research" Thinking (Part 2)

This is a continuation from my post yesterday.
Accept a Little Professional Humility

Just as I finally accept some great truth in teaching, someone comes along and shows me that the Emperor has no clothes. Take a short trip into the world of today's education research, and you'll find many teaching practices we hold dear now suspect.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Cuhahtuh, tuhuhguh, guhehtuh (Dr.David Kilpatrick)

The above is extracted from ‘How to teach the letter sounds’ from the book ‘Equipped for Reading Success’ by Dr. David Kilpatrick.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

"Dear Luqman I am not your on-call response service". Pamela Snow

Here is something I have written in a hurry as I find it difficult to Tweet where the words are limited.
Here are extracts of a blog post by Pamela Snow in August 2018.

The date is August 2018. The date is important as the title says 'on-call response service'.

“Twitter has a mute function” Pamela Snow, Jennifer Buckingham, P.L.Thomas

This post is in response to the educators, Pamela Snow, Jennifer Buckingham and Paul Thomas, who have suggested to mute my tweets. This is obviously because they have no answer to my question and cannot understand my explanation on why kids leave school as illiterate.

If educators are stubborn and shoot from the hip without reading my posts how are we ever going to end the Reading Wars?

Friday, June 5, 2020

SSP proponents and their tale of the three legged rabbit

On 5.4.2020 I saw a tweet that had my name tagged along with a few others. I copied some extracts from the article linked to the tweet and when I wanted to respond the tweet disappeared together with the linked article.

You may find the thread here.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

“We won’t have so many children not reading” (Dr. Louisa Moats and Dr. Nadine Gaab)

We will get back to Emily Hanford and APM Reports soon. Let us give them a day or two to comment on my post.

On 1.6.2020, Dr. Nadine Gaab with whom I had exchanged emails, in 2018, asked me to listen to a video by Dr. Louisa Moats. This was in response to my post that many kids are unable to read because they are taught the pronunciation of phonemes of consonants wrongly.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

My Emails to and fro Emily Hanford and APM

I wrote to APM reports on their article 'How American schools fail kids with dyslexia’ dated 11.9.2017.

 Their website says,
APM Reports strives to raise awareness, trigger debate and prompt positive change via non-partisan, independent investigative and documentary journalism.

I received a reply from Emily Hanford.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Emily Hanford of APM Connecting the dots

This post will make no sense to those who have not followed my tweets on Rote memory of Dolch words and the irresponsible responses by several SSP proponents. I was talking about rote memorisation and they attacked me and said there is no place for visual memory of words.