Dyslexia creates suffering for many students, but you rarely hear of teachers admitting to having it. Are teachers really still required, in the 21st century, to be models of perfect, marble-made fonts of knowledge and effectiveness? I have tutored a small number of dyslexic trainee teachers, but that was an exception to the norm. By […]
Dyslexia is characterised by extreme difficulty in learning to read, write and spell in spite of adequate intelligence. Even mildly dyslexic students experience school as stressful and unfulfilling from the day they enter school. With their learning needs unmet, most dyslexic students never go on to achieve their potential.
Susan Peacock, from Liverpool, has written a heartbreaking letter to the British Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan about the distress that sitting SATs tests has caused her dyslexic son. She says he has struggled to cope with the requirements and has suffered an erosion of self worth. See what she wrote after the cut..
When Mr. Creech publicly shamed me for my dyslexia, I hated him, I hated school, and I hated reading. When I saw him again, years later, I think my response surprised us both. As a child, I wasn’t taught the importance of an education, let alone how to use an adjective. I lived in the […]
A Leaving Certificate student with dyslexia has won a High Court order overturning the State Examinations Commission’s refusal to give him an adult “reader” to help him understand the exam papers. Mr Justice Seamus Noonan said the decision of the Commission’s Independent Appeals Committee refusing the student’s application left him “none the wiser” about the […]
Health Matters: Understanding Dyslexia Pt.2
Health Matters: Understanding Dyslexia Pt.1
Dyslexia affects up to 15 per cent of the Australian population yet it remains under-diagnosed and misunderstood. In order to be granted learning provisions within the education system it needs to be classified as a disability. However, as Barbara Heggen reports, there are many who regard dyslexia as an advantage. School wasn’t a great experience […]
Two different versions of the questionnaires were used. In the first version both questionnaires talked about ‘dyslexia‘ and the second they talked about ‘reading difficulties’. A total of 146 teachers responded to the ‘dyslexia’ questionnaires and 121 responded to the ‘reading difficulties’ questionnaires. When Dr Gibbs analysed the results he found that the two different […]
Dyslexia is not linked to any problems with eyesight, say researchers. Teams from Bristol and Newcastle universities carried out eye tests on more than 5,800 children and did not find any differences in the vision of those with dyslexia. This raises doubts about the value of using coloured overlays or lenses to help dyslexic children […]