The Dyslexia 'Myth'
Byline: Laura Clark
DYSLEXIA is a myth invented by education experts to cover up poor teaching of reading, a Labour MP has said.
Backbencher Graham Stringer called the condition a 'cruel fiction', which should be consigned to the 'dustbin of history'.
Dyslexia is said to be an impaired ability to process the units of spoken and written language. Six million of us are believed to have it.
But Mr Stringer said it was 'wicked' to label children with the condition because bad teaching had failed them.
An 'industry' has been created around dyslexia, giving children financial and educational incentives to demonstrate reading problems such as extra time in exams, the MP for Manchester Blackley said. However, his remarks were condemned by those who work to tackle dyslexia.
Mr Stringer said: 'The sooner it is consigned to the same dustbin of history, the better. Why does the education system, even after the huge injection of funds over the past ten years, fail so many people and what can be done about it?' The reason is that the 'wrong teaching methods are used', he said.
'The education establishment, rather than admit that their eclectic and incomplete methods for instruction are at fault, have invented a brain disorder called dyslexia,' he claimed.
'To label children as dyslexic because they're confused by poor teaching methods is wicked.
'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 in a column for the entertainment website Manchester Confidential.
'Certified dyslexics get longer in exams. There has been created a situation where there are financial and educational incentives to being bad at spelling and reading.' Mr Stringer said dyslexia had been eradicated in West Dunbartonshire where the council used synthetic phonics, where children are taught the 43 sounds of the alphabet and how to blend them. …