I saw the following image on LinkedIn and commented on it. I
then happened to see that that image was liked by 83 members and was re-posted by
42 of them. I then decided to post this on my blog hoping to get some comments from those who re-posted. Will any of the 42 educators have anything to say? It will be an interesting discussion.
The following are my comments on the LinkedIn post.
Comment on ‘Memorising words is not an effective way to learn how to read’:
'Memorising words is not effective?' Says who? I teach all my students to memorise the 220 Dolch words. Having memorised these words they are able to read about 50 to 70 % of the words in their book. I teach them to memorise by rote memory and not visual memory which is what most educators think of how kids memorise words. I have several blog posts on this and here is just one of them - LINK
Why would educators say don’t teach kids to memorise the 220 Dolch words?
My comment on ‘Reading is not natural’.
'Reading is not natural?' This is what has been handed down for years and I have disagreed with it for more than a decade. We have an innate capacity for reading.
Read my post on this at https://www.dyslexiafriend.com/2023/07/brains-innate-capacity-for-reading.html
Let us not accept everything written as the Gospel Truth.
Most educators believe what is circulated on Social Media without any evidence whatsoever. Read what Pamela Snow of La Trobe University reported:
Reading (and its corollary, writing) is a human contrivance that has existed for only approximately 6,000 years (Snow, 2016). This recency of reading as a human skill is important, because 6,000 years is a mere blink in evolutionary terms, and the human brain has not developed specialized neural pathways to support a skill that is widely agreed to be essential to successful living in first-world developed economies and to the social and economic trajectories of developing nations.
Why do we accept whatever nonsense is reported by educators?
Now there is scientific evidence to support what I have said for many years. The brain has an innate ability to learn to read. Will Pamela Snow or La Trobe University retract that ludicrous statement?
My comment on ‘Science of Reading is the research based on how we learn to read.’
Does anyone know how a kid learns
to read? Not that I know of. Read my post on Stanislas Dehaene’s ‘How the brain learns to read’.
My comment on ‘No matter how I teach reading about 40% of students will pick it up...'
Again who says this? My book - Teach your child to Read- which will be out by the end of next month will get any and all kids with no acuity problems to read by the end of the 30 simple lessons.
That may sound exaggerated but before you decide it is, please read a testimonial from a grandma from California I helped to get her two grandchildren to read.
There are more testimonials in my blog on testimonials.
The following are comments I received in LinkedIn from one Monyka and my replies.