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Luqman’s Dyslexia Weblog: Crimson flags in schooling analysis


The clip
above is copied from Anna Stokke’s Tweet dated 28.1.2024. Anna is a math
professor and has a podcast that will probably be helpful for all these taken with
Math. I’ve solely listened in full to 2 of her podcasts and suppose it’s one in all
the most effective podcasts I’ve heard.

The clip
refers to claims in a specific paper on Math however the phrase math could also be
changed by decoding.

Math (decoding) competency should develop early in life, first with
MEMORISATION, then recognition of patterns within the memorised materials and, after
that, understanding of why these patterns exist.

A long time in the past, studying schooling theorists acquired the ear of
schooling policymakers and satisfied them that memorisation will not be vital
as a vital device however detrimental, and that college students must be rushed from
the pedagogical stage to the ‘determining stage’ to keep away from the onerous work of

The theorists have been incorrect as a result of they didn’t account for

My remark:

performs an vital half in studying to learn. For instance, there is no such thing as a means however to
memorise the letters of the alphabet and numerals,
repeating the multiplication tables,
repeating state capitals, or spelling difficult phrases.

educators say that phonics doesn’t work as a result of most of the phrases will not be
phonetic. Most of those phrases are these often used phrases. If this is so
why not get children to rote memorise these phrases and along with phonics be taught
to learn proper from the beginning?

It will
seem that folks like Dr. Sam Bommarito, Emina McLean and plenty of others have to be
influenced by such stories. They settle for what’s written with out in the slightest degree
of pondering. Learn the put up right here to see how assured a Twitter was that memorisation of Dolch Phrases is dangerous. LINK

Anna Stokke:

And we’ll come again to this later. We’ll have a dialogue
about what you consider educating the usual algorithm, however I would prefer to
study the place this declare that commonplace algorithms are dangerous truly got here
from. And I am fairly accustomed to this as a result of, as I mentioned, this occurred right here
in my province and the justification given was a paper or a collection of papers
written by Constance Kamii.

 [00:12:12] Ben Solomon:

I do not know for those who’ve ever seen the film Catch Me If You Can.
There’s this scene in direction of the top the place Leonardo DiCaprio’s character is given
a faux examine and the FBI is attempting to find out whether or not he, how shortly he can
determine it out as a result of they need to see how helpful he may be to them. And he
picks up the examine and inside a half second, he can inform its faux.

And I considered that scene while you shared this paper with
me as a result of inside a half second, you may decide that the validity of the
claims may be very questionable and that we should not be making deep inferences
from this paper. And minimally, we should not be utilizing it to information coverage for
thousands and thousands of scholars.

My remark:

The preliminary
papers by Constance Kamii have been written greater than 30 years in the past. How they’ve
survived till now and are being mentioned is past me. That is particularly so
when Ben says that one can decide the validity of the claims inside a

For these
who haven’t been following my weblog enable me to jot down a couple of of my experiences
on this.

2010, after having taught so-called dyslexic children for six years I used to be satisfied
that the idea that then had existed for greater than 35 years that it was a
phonological consciousness deficit was the reason for dyslexia was incorrect. I wrote
to greater than 20 researchers and Universities to no avail. I wrote greater than 100
feedback and articles disagreeing with that principle. It fell on deaf ears till
it was lastly debunked in 2017. Chances are you’ll learn the feedback by Timothy Shanahan
in 2015 and once more in 2017 in my weblog put up. LINK

Any bizarre individual might have simply understood what I wrote
however no researcher or educator wished to agree as a result of that principle was written
by an professional a few years earlier.

Time and again, I used to be requested for proof and analysis stories
backing up what I had mentioned. Can’t so-called educators suppose for themselves
anymore. Does every thing one discovers want analysis stories to assist one’s

One other
analysis professional, Dr. David Boulton connected hyperlinks to his put up on LinkedIn.
These hyperlinks have been YouTube movies educating the sounds represented by letters. I
commented on the put up by David Boulton that educating children sounds as per these
movies was one of many causes of children shutting down from studying to learn. He
instantly blocked me. However inside a couple of days, he deleted two of the movies I
had complained of. Chances are you’ll learn extra of this in my weblog put up. LINK


iii.            Two
years in the past I disagreed with the mind analysis video by Professor Dehaene
Stanislas. Not a single individual on social media commented on my put up. On
13.1.24, Timothy Shanahan wrote a put up that echoed what I had mentioned 2 years in the past
and instantly many shared his posts. What this will likely imply is
that the general public believes what’s written by these with a title however are unable to
suppose for themselves when an bizarre individual writes the identical matter.
Learn extra in my weblog put up HERE and HERE.


iv.             In
December 2023 I wrote a speculation as to why Singapore is persistently #1
within the PISA exams whereas the UK and the US will not be even within the high 10. I requested
why the dyslexic inhabitants in Singapore in between 3.5 and 10% whereas that of
the US and the UK in addition to Malaysia is between 10 to twenty%. The reply to this
query could also be why Singapore is persistently primary. The youngsters who had
shut down are remediated by the top of grade 1 whereas within the US and the UK as effectively
as Malaysia the children are categorized as dyslexic and are ready to depart college
as illiterates. LINK, LINK, LINK.


Ben Solomon:

The opposite
factor I observed instantly was the dimensions of the pattern. It was 56 college students.
Research vary of their pattern dimension, and rather a lot goes into enthusiastic about what a
good pattern dimension must be. It depends upon what you are attempting to do; it relies upon
on type of the rarity of the issue you are addressing.

My remark:

This reminds
me of the remark from Timothy Shanahan. He mentioned that I couldn’t base my
conclusions based mostly on the 50 college students that I had taught as much as 2015. 

There’s a
Tamil proverb that claims that to check if a pot of rice is cooked it’s essential to
check only one grain. In fact, this won’t apply to educating children to learn however
allow us to not get into this debate that the pattern dimension have to be 92 or no matter as
if that may be a magical quantity introduced down by Moses. Let frequent sense prevail.

Sam Bommarito mentioned that educating a couple of college students on my own shouldn’t be the
standards. He requested me if this technique had been replicated elsewhere. I don’t
perceive why it must be replicated elsewhere. Can’t these educators/
researchers try it out themselves?

Anyway, I
replied to Sam by saying my e-book was dispatched to Perth in 2019 and some
voluntary academics taught some children together with a 4 ½ year-old Tamil-speaking lady. A 5 ½ 12 months outdated Tamil-speaking boy in addition to a 7 year-old dyslexic child.
Here’s a video of the 7 12 months outdated dyslexic child in Perth in 2019. LINK Chances are you’ll learn my put up on the 4 1/2 12 months outdated child studying in 2019. LINK.

achieved instructor in Australia acquired her son taken with studying to learn
and began studying as quickly because the sounds of the letters he had realized wrongly
have been corrected. LINK

A grandma in
California taught her dyslexic grandchildren to learn utilizing the freed from cost classes on my weblog. LINK

Dr. Sam
Bommarito didn’t reply.

To be continued…


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