Thursday, September 21, 2023

My credentials/achievements


Many of the educators on LinkedIn and Twitter ask me for my credentials. So, I thought it best to write and refer them to my post instead of explaining each time I am asked. 

I wonder if what is in the image above can be part of my credential in that I am able to think what has never been thought before about what we see every day. 

It must be part of my credentials as even when I explain it to others they are unable to see it.

To date many educators who read my book Shut Down Kids which describes why kids are unable to read is still not understood. 

The internet defines credentials as follows: credential is documentary evidence that a person has certain status or privileges while achievement is the act of achieving or performing

I worked in the audit/ accounting field from 1972 to 2004 when I was cajoled into teaching a smart kid who had gone to 2 years in school and could not read a single sentence in English. It was then that I decided to research why smart kids could read in Malay and not in English. I taught more than 80 kids, most of whom were certified dyslexic, on a one-on-one basis from 2004 to 2019.

Almost all my students could read in Malay and those who went to vernacular schools could read in Hanyu Pinyin but not in English. This led me to question the more than 35-year-old theory that it was phonological awareness deficit that is the cause of dyslexia.

Since 2010 I started writing articles in my blog and comments on any blog that mentioned phonological awareness deficit as being the cause of dyslexia. I wrote to over 30 universities and over 30 professors.

To cut the story short, a few research students visited my blog in 2010/2011 and I believe they must have written research reports to disagree with the theory that was debunked in 2017. 

If you Google Link you will see all my more than 100 articles/comments since 2010. The first item on the Google search above has 3 research articles with my name. I would like to consider that my credentials.

My name is also on the Tennessee Foundational Skills (TFS) at page 109. LINK

The last paragraph on (TFS) refers to Dr. Kilpatrick’s book: Equipped for Reading Success. My name is mentioned on the acknowledgment pages of that book and his next book Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading difficulties.

Here is what is on the acknowledgment page: Luqman Micel, a reading tutor in Malaysia, read nearly the entire manuscript and contributed countless improvements.

I believe the testimonial from California should be part of my credentials.  

Should my helping the distraught mother Alanna Murin who is an accomplished teacher in Australia considered part of my credentials or achievement? LINK

I think the line between credentials and achievements is very thin and...




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