Dyslexia: Is it Real?
What is dyslexia? Latin babble speak translates it as merely, "trouble with words". If everything were put into Latin, then many people would have dismusia; or can't whistle a tune. They would suffer from a severe case of dispraxia, a terrible condition in which one's legs get twisted up on the dance floor.
Dyslexia is not a disease that can be diagnosed. There is no scientific proof that it is a neurological disorder. So what causes it? Dr. Thomas Armstrong has a theory. He believes there is nothing called dyslexia, only dysteachia. Dysteachia is the unwillingness to adapt instruction to a broader concept of learning, or plainly poor teaching. Some students cannot learn to read by the basic standard of sounding it out. Some children would better develop their reading abilities by playing a game, or having the teacher read to them individually. Some students are quick to learn math skills, but struggle with basic spelling. You cannot teach a child to add or subtract without teaching them how to count first. This adage should be applied to reading as well.
We haven't always been this way. In 1910 it was predicted that illiteracy would be eliminated, due to high literacy rates. What went wrong? Back then education was mostly focused on the basics like reading and writing. Now that so much is expected of a high school student, like math classes in trigonometry, calculus, biology, chemistry, and Spanish,