Author Topic: The Battle Over Dyslexia  (Read 171 times)


  • Inner Core
  • Hero Member
  • *
  • Posts: 2752
  • George in a previous life.
    • View Profile
    • SuitsMen
The Battle Over Dyslexia
« on: October 16, 2020, 09:26:14 AM »
We have discussed this many times. I thought this was a very interesting take:

no one knows what dyslexia actually is, but it is about having difficulty learning to read. Many kids have that.

But Dyslexia tends to be found in the wealthy side of town, and the ones on the poor side are just stupid. In the UK, that means more money goes to the people who already have it.

The End:

“In the world of educational psychologists,” said Stanbridge, “dyslexia is such a contentious subject. Are they dyslexic? Aren’t they dyslexic? But I’m thinking, what do we do about it? What’s the thing to do about it? That was probably the beginning of my 180: just thinking, why are we spending so much time going, ‘are they or aren’t they [dyslexic]’, because no one knows.”

Because change does not come fast, if it comes at all, Cambridgeshire is still paying to send children to private dyslexia schools: it is still legally obligated to honour the judgment made in tribunals, regardless of the reforms. If you plot the distribution of where these children live on a map, 80% are clustered in Cambridge city centre, or south Cambridge, the wealthiest parts of the county. None of them come from Fenland. It is a microcosm of the situation nationally. Following their abortive efforts to implement a new regime, Warwickshire and Staffordshire spend roughly £900,000 between them sending 53 children to private dyslexia schools per year. For the same amount of money, they could hire 27 teachers.

Back in 1976, Bill Yule wrapped up his Isle of Wight research with the following observation: “The era of applying the label ‘dyslexic’ is rapidly drawing to a close. The label has served its function in drawing attention to children who have great difficulty in mastering the arts of reading, writing and spelling but its continued use invokes emotions which often prevent rational discussion and scientific investigation.” And so it continues, almost half a century on: a dyslexia debate, with no end in sight.

EDIT: Change of subject title... that one (Its OK to be a Luddite....) came from Buckworks amazing info. 
« Last Edit: October 17, 2020, 07:24:18 AM by Rupert »
... Make sure you live before you die.


  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 5311
    • View Profile
>...that means more money goes to the people who already have it.

So, it is like everything else.  There are also special private schools for "gifted" kids.  How many of these kids are truly gifted and how many are attending these schools to inflate their parents egos?  I am sure there are average or slightly above average students at the gifted schools and I am sure there are some dim kids in the schools for dyslexic children.