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by kenm
Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Dual Route reading model
Replies: 103
Views: 13971

Re: Dual Route reading model

After over eight years, I want to revive the original subject of this thread, because it has recently come up on DDOLL (the Australian mailing list concerned with dyslexia) to which several of us belong, and I have had some further thoughts about it. One of the forms of the dual-route model, which w...
by kenm
Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Dual Route reading model
Replies: 103
Views: 13971

Re:

ISTR reading here about a young woman who acquired a reading vocabulary of 10000 words by pure visual recognition and found that that inhibited her from post-graduate work in philosophy, so she transferred to mathematics, but she was uncommonly talented. I have been searching on this forum and one ...
by kenm
Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Re-launch of the RRF website - new look and adding a blog!
Replies: 5
Views: 1564

Re: Re-launch of the RRF website - new look and adding a blog!

We are very pleased with an exciting development for the Reading Reform Foundation - a 'new look' website - now complete with its own blog - thanks to RRF committee member, Anne Glennie (designer and administrator). Congratulations and thanks to Anne, Maggie and Downie junior. Happy New Year to eve...
by kenm
Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:14 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Does knowledge matter in the age of Google?
Replies: 1
Views: 1328

Re: Does knowledge matter in the age of Google?

Does knowledge matter in the age of Google? There are drawbacks to outsourcing our memory and knowledge to the internet, says William Poundstone The internet is not Google nor is the World Wide Web. A small fraction of what Google finds is peer-reviewed and a substantial fraction of peer-reviewed p...
by kenm
Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:18 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: So who says competition in the classroom is inevitable?
Replies: 2
Views: 1371

Re: So who says competition in the classroom is inevitable?

So who says competition in the classroom is inevitable?... Competition is not an unalloyed benefit, but evaluation is essential to monitor progress; indeed in the form of determination that an applicant to university and commercial courses has the prerequisites to benefit from them it is routinely ...
by kenm
Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:39 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: B is for Book.
Replies: 3
Views: 1615

B is for Book.

Yesterday evening I watched a BBC4 programme with the above title, which presented scenes from a year at Kingsmead Primary School, Hackney. These included beginning reading instruction by teachers, interviews with children and parents, together and separately (interviewer a disembodied voice), paren...
by kenm
Sun Apr 17, 2016 11:56 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Primary schools accused of 'social segregation'
Replies: 7
Views: 2179

Re: Primary schools accused of 'social segregation'

Thanks Kenm for the comments and especially the very interesting quote from Machiavelli. I like the rest of it too (from memory, and other translations may differ): "for the innovator has as opponents all those who have done well under the old regime, and only lukewarm supporters among those who ma...
by kenm
Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:38 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Primary schools accused of 'social segregation'
Replies: 7
Views: 2179

Re: Primary schools accused of 'social segregation'

I agree Maizie , not a great headline but there’s a significant problem, according to the OECD schools in the UK are among the most socially segregated in Western Europe and this is bad for all our children. Research by the Sutton Trust in 2013 showed that the top 500 Comprehensives had on average ...
by kenm
Fri Apr 08, 2016 12:20 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: CLPE list of things to encourage a love of literacy learning
Replies: 4
Views: 1672

Re: CLPE list of things to encourage a love of literacy learning

Yes. Here's the quote: This is the first of these papers. It collects together ten things that teachers have told us need to be considered and developed in schools that are successful in encouraging a lifelong love of literacy learning. It's not quite logical. I would have thought they mean these t...
by kenm
Thu Apr 07, 2016 9:38 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: CLPE list of things to encourage a love of literacy learning
Replies: 4
Views: 1672

Re: CLPE list of things to encourage a love of literacy learning

Did the leaflet actually describe this as a list of "things to be considered and developed"?
by kenm
Sat Mar 12, 2016 10:01 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Dyslexic employee wins discrimination case against Starbucks
Replies: 6
Views: 2506

Re: Dyslexic employee wins discrimination case against Starbucks

Russell Hobby, the general secretary of the headteachers’ union, the NAHT, said: “We have significant concerns about the treatment of children with dyslexia: we are worried that there is a risk of discrimination. Schools are prevented from properly recognising the successes of dyslexic students in ...
by kenm
Mon Mar 07, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Should we scrap Ofsted? The pros, cons and alternatives
Replies: 3
Views: 1721

Re: Should we scrap Ofsted? The pros, cons and alternatives

How can one find out about the qualifications of HMIs and additional inspectors working for OFSTED? I have found references to arguments concerning the training of inspectors of the teaching of SEN children, but the general qualification for inspectors seems to be experience as a teacher. In the UK ...
by kenm
Thu Mar 03, 2016 7:17 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Thank you
Replies: 23
Views: 5261

Re: Thank you

Is there any way to discover RR's present methods other than going on an expensive and time-consuming training course?
by kenm
Thu Feb 11, 2016 7:00 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Pamela Snow: Language is literacy is language
Replies: 1
Views: 1090

Re: Pamela Snow: Language is literacy is language

Homo sapiens is the only known species with speech based on a generative grammar. Since the 1960s, experts in linguistics (e.g. Chomsky) have been telling us that normal infants are equipped with a general syntax that exposure to speech enables them to refine into the particular syntax of their nati...
by kenm
Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Education Scotland: Briefing on Early Reading
Replies: 14
Views: 3261

Re: Education Scotland: Briefing on Early Reading

A study by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development in 2010 revealed that in Britain, a father's income has a bigger role in determining how much his son will earn than in any other developed country.The link between a father's income and his son's future is three times greater he...