Tuesday, April 18, 2023

New York Times and the Science of Reading


I read a report on Science of Reading in the New York Times dated 16.4.2023.

In the entire report there was no definition of the ‘Science of Reading.’

Why do we keep reinventing the wheel and come up with so-called discoveries which do not improve the level of reading?

Here are some extracts from the article in the New York Times and my comments.

New York Times:

The movement, under the banner of “the science of reading,” is targeting the education establishment: school districts, literacy gurus, publishers and colleges of education, which critics say have failed to embrace the cognitive science of how children learn to read.

Friday, April 7, 2023

Blocked on Twitter by Melanie Brethour @melbrethour

Melanie’s Twitter profile says:

Founder Decoding Dyslexia QUEBEC. SOAR WITH DYSLEXIA #CERI Structured Literacy Teacher. #OGA Mother to an amazing #dyslexic. Spreading awareness #dyslexia #sor

I clicked ‘like’ on many of her posts and it was accepted by her. However, when I queried her on some things that were wrong she blocked me.

I find many dyslexia proponents block me when they can’t answer questions.

This is a big disservice to desperate parents of dyslexic kids. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

High Frequency Words (HFW) and memorising


On 2.4.2023 I read a Tweet by Melanie Brethour @melbrethour as follows:

Memorizing words is not aligned with the research. Having students "memorize any whole words, including high frequency words, by sight without attending to the sound/symbol correspondences" is a red flag. @reading_league