Labour MP Graham Stringer says dyslexia is a myth:
Graham Stringer, the MP for Manchester Blackley, said the condition was a “cruel fiction”, and “no more real than the 19th century scientific construction of ‘the aether’ to explain how light travels through a vacuum.”
“The sooner it is consigned to the same dustbin of history, the better,” he added.
In a column for an online Manchester magazine, Mr Stringer wrote: “The reason that so many children fail to read and write is because the wrong teaching methods are used. The education establishment, rather than admit that their eclectic and incomplete methods for instruction are at fault, have invented a brain disorder called dyslexia.
“To label children as dyslexic because they’re confused by poor teaching methods is wicked.”
The MP said his argument could be proven by comparisons of international literacy rates.
“If dyslexia really existed then countries as diverse as Nicaragua and South Korea would not have been able to achieve literacy rates of nearly 100 per cent,” he wrote.
“There can be no rational reason why this ‘brain disorder’ is of epidemic proportions in Britain but does not appear in South Korea or Nicaragua.”
I have suspected myself that “dyslexic” is code for “thick but from a middle-class background”. Or as psychologist Julian Elliot puts it:
“[parents] don’t want their child to be considered lazy, thick or stupid. If they get called this medically diagnosed term, dyslexic, then it is a signal to all that it’s not to do with intelligence.”
Are Stringer and Elliot right? I suspect they may be.
(via Little Man, What Now)