Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

2/26/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Educational psychologist seethes that condition is a convenient excuse to explain away bad students

Educational Psychologist Professor Julian Elliott is hopping mad. He says that dyslexia, a condition that makes the subject read letters backwards is a meaningless label. He says it's a convenient catch-all for middle-class parents who fear their children being branded stupid or lazy.

Educational Psychologist Professor Julian Elliott says that dyslexia, a condition that makes the subject read letters backwards is a meaningless label, a convenient catch-all for middle-class parents who fear their children being branded stupid or lazy.

Educational Psychologist Professor Julian Elliott says that dyslexia, a condition that makes the subject read letters backwards is a meaningless label, a convenient catch-all for middle-class parents who fear their children being branded stupid or lazy.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/26/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Dylexia, diagnosis, middle-calss, excuse, laziness, bad reading skills


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Elliott doesn't deny that dyslexia exists. He says that it's clear that some children do have genuine, complex reading problems. The definition of dyslexia, he says is so broad that it is impossible to make any meaningful separation from other poor readers.

Elliott argues that this is a "pointless" waste of resources - because the same techniques help both groups of children improve their reading. As such, the Durham University professor says that dyslexia is a "useless term" -- that should be abandoned altogether.

You can light up the darkness by going here --

In lieu of putting children though expensive and lengthy diagnostic testing, Elliott says that schools should focus on identifying early on those who struggle to read and treat all of those with problems equally.

As expected, this is a highly controversial stance. Charities have disputed Elliot's claims. They point to the fact that a diagnosis of dyslexia has scientific and educational value.

Professor Elliott goes as far as to say that parents also benefit from the "pseudo-medical" label.

Diagnoses of dyslexia, he says, tend to be found in more affluent areas. He rails that some middle-class parents seek this diagnosis out because they fear their children will be judged slow or lazy. "Most parents are delighted with the label," he maintains.

"Professionals have said to me that they agree but they still use the term because they make people happy.

"You have a long list of symptoms, things like anxiety when reading out loud, but any kid that is learning to read might be expected to show some anxiety," Elliott says. "You show a parent this list and they say, 'You are right, I didn't realize my kid was dyslexic.'

"It is like showing someone a horoscope; they look at it and see bits of themselves in it."

Well-intentioned parents may only want the best for their children, but they are being "woefully misled about the value of a dyslexia diagnosis," he says.

Backing up the professor's claims is the fact that the Commons Science and Technology Committee inquiry into literacy in 2009 concluded that the definition of dyslexia was too broad to be meaningful.

The committee also accused the Government of "bowing to pressure from the dyslexia lobby" when formulating its educational policy.

In response, Dr. John Rack, of the charity Dyslexia Action, said that the term "has value both scientifically and educationally.

"We don't accept the argument that it is wasteful to try to understand the different reasons why different people struggle," he said. "And for very many, those reasons fall into a consistent and recognizable pattern that it is helpful to call dyslexia.

"Helpful for individuals because it makes sense out of past struggles and helpful for teachers who can plan the way they teach, to overcome or find ways around the particular blocks that are there."

Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.



Comments


More Health

World's first malaria vaccine wins approval from European drug regulators Watch

Image of Mosquirix must first win agreement from African governments as the vaccine only offers only partial protection.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The world's first malaria vaccine is a go with European drug regulators after it was recommended safe and effective for babies at risk of the 'mosquito-born disease' in Africa. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Called Mosquirix, the vaccine was developed by ... continue reading


560-pound man sets out to bike across the U.S. to lose weight and save his marriage Watch

Image of [Photo by: ABC News]

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

To try to live a healthy life, get a job and save his failing marriage, a 560-pound man decided to embark on a biking journey across the United States. He has already traveled about 90 miles since he started last month and has lost around 60 pounds during the first two ... continue reading


Catholic organization's approach to female reproductive health a 'game changer' Watch

Image of Together with his colleagues, Dr. Thomas Hilgers developed NaPro (Natural Procreative) Technology. In Omaha in 1985, they founded the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction, and in 1999 formally created the Creighton Model FertilityCare System.

By Gabrielle Cubera, CNA EWTN News

With the hope of providing authentic and ethical health care for women, Dr. Thomas Hilgers, creator of Natural Procreative Technology, has worked for decades to establish a medical network that studies, understands, and treats the female fertility cycle. Omaha, ... continue reading


Have scientists found the key to shut off aging? New study with worms finds success Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Scientists have uncovered how to switch off the aging process, during a recent study with worms, which could possibly lead to the process being successful in humans. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - The new study showed that adult cells of worms shortly ... continue reading


New eye drops may soon replace cataract surgery Watch

Image of Vision could cease altogether if cataracts remain untreated. Cataracts cause more blindness worldwide than any other eye condition.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Inexpensive and easy to administer, a new eye drop may soon make cataract removal surgery obsolete. A frequent bane of existence that afflicts the elderly, the new drops dissolves the clumps of protein that clouds vision. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Cataract ... continue reading


Superhero DNA desired by pharmaceutical researchers for new drugs Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

They don't have the ability to fly or come with laser eyes, but there are people who exist today with the "superhero" genes. Similar to the figures portrayed in media, these people have ordinary lives with extraordinary physical abilities because of uncommon biological ... continue reading


Controversial Dr. Death and his 'Destiny machine' set out to help assist the suicide of an entire volunteer audience Watch

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Controversial medic known as Dr. Death will try to gas a volunteer audience at the Edinburg Fringe show, which he hosts, with his updated "right-to-die machine" to showcase "a peaceful and reliable means of death." According to reports, he will invite people from the ... continue reading


Human contact with armadillos blamed for surge in leprosy cases in Florida Watch

Image of Floridians are being advised to use caution and not touch the small, cat-sized creatures.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Increased human contact with armadillos is being blamed for an increase in leprosy cases in Florida. The state usually sees two to 12 cases of leprosy a year. There have been nine cases in 2015 alone, which is higher than average, according to the Florida ... continue reading


4 common reasons for weight-loss failure Watch

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Most of us have tried a lot of different diets in pursuit of a healthier body but for some reason most attempts don't work the way we wanted or expected them to. According to Dr. Sally Norton, a weight loss expert, we have to reconsider our entire lifestyle in order ... continue reading


Man lives with hand attached to ankle while waiting for reattachment surgery Watch

Image of A Chinese man had to have his hand attached to his ankle after severing it off his arm.

By Hannah Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A factory worker's chopped off hand was grafted onto his ankle for around a month, in order to keep the hand alive until the proper surgery could be conducted. This is not the first time Chinese surgeons attached and saved a hand with this method. MUNTINLUPA, ... continue reading


All Health News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Exodus 33:7-11; 34:5-9, 28
7 Moses used to take the Tent and pitch it outside ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 103:6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13
6 Yahweh acts with uprightness, with justice to all ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 13:35-43
35 This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet: ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 28th, 2015 Image

St. Innocent I
July 28: Innocent was born at Albano, Italy. He became Pope, succeeding ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter