Friday, October 16, 2020

Reading With Your Kids (RWYK) Podcast - Jedlie with guest Dr. Kathryn Garforth (Part 2)


The following is the continuation of tweets between Dr. Kathryn Garforth and me.

Kathryn Garforth, Ph. D. Replying to @luqmanmichel and @jedliemagic

PA (Phonemic awareness) alone is not enough to become a fluent English reader. English is orthographically complex for other reasons (morphology, etymology, 44 phonemes only 26 letters & multiple ways to represent the same sound). IDK much about Tamil & Malay but the others don't have same complexity


Luqman Michel @luqmanmichel

Hello Dr. What are we talking about? I thought we were talking about reading as in decoding. We are not talking about being a fluent reader. 


I have always been talking only about kids shutting down/ disengaging from learning to read.


P/A deficit is not the cause of kids shutting down from learning to read - decoding. 


Tamil is the oldest living language in the world and is much more complex than English. Yet, many Tamil speaking students are dyslexic when it comes to English.


Why are responses from most of the educators more or less the same? I am talking about a journey in which the kids take their first step and pull back their leg and you and others talk about the third, fourth and further steps?


My comments: This has happened on discussions with Sara Peden, Pamela Snow and many other educators on Twitter. We start by talking about why kids shut down from learning to read and they go off on a tangent. 


To be honest I did not know the meaning of the words Morphology and etymology until a few years ago at around the age of 60. Dr. Garforth is talking about etymology and morphology when we are talking about why kids shut down/ disengage from learning to read.


Sara J Peden also started talking about Morphology and etymology when we were talking about kindergarten and grade one kids learning how to read. I believe these words are thrown around to impress other readers.You may read more of the silly things said by Sara Peden here


The responses/rebuttals from all these so-called educators  raises a question in my mind as to who is behind all these rebuttals. 


Who are the trolls who come in and click ‘like’ and retweet some of the tweets?

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