I came across this blog, written by a mum who started as a firm believer in Glenn Doman’s methods but realised later that she was wrong.
The article she has written is long, but it talks about her experience with Glenn Doman’s methods and was a really good, thought provoking read for me – Am I doing more harm than good to Samantha?
I have previously written about the whole word approach and its controversies in a previous post. In her article, she writes about her experiences with flashing words to her child, only to find out much later that he was still not able to read (I don’t believe that it is due to her lack of commitment to the teaching system, her devotion is shown by the numerous ‘bits’ Powerpoints that she has made and put up on her website for all to download).
Her argument is valid and I cannot help but agree with her, At the same time, I notice some similarities with the Shichida method-
- the use of flashcards
- the claim that all children are born geniuses
- no one in Philadelphia seemed to know about the Institutes (I have spoken to a few Japanese mothers and none of them seem to have heard of the Shichida Method. I find it unusual if it is supposed to be so popular.)
Last, but definitely not the least (in fact, if there is anything you should read it has to be this), a good book for all parents interested in learning about the research behind the importance of play is ‘Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn–and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less‘. You can find a sample of the book (almost the whole book is available for free here) on Google Books.