April 4, 2014
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The Daily Beast headline is a tad over the top:Your Kid’s Dyslexia Diagnosis Is B.S.
According to Professor Elliott: “Dyslexia” has become a catch-all term for everything from poor reading skills to complex speech disorders. It’s poorly understood and largely over-diagnosed. Is it time to retire the word “dyslexic”?
For more on Elliott’s viewpoints on dyslexia, be sure to read his book, published this month: The Dyslexia Debate by the Cambridge University Press. It is exceptionally well supported with research (if you don’t agree with the article, at least read the References section… its about 75 pages!) and the actual premise (not the one the press is making up so they an start a brawl) is sound. All learning disorders are not “Dyslexia.” That’s simple enough. And it is a true statement. The solution to the problem is lose the term. That’s a little crazy, but lets go with that anyway. Gary’s definition: Dyslexia is a phonological processing disorder that disrupts the ability to understand sound-symbol relationships and this affects reading comprehension, rate and fluency. If everyone agreed with this, there would be no problem
Dr. Stein says it does exist:
About this talk: Professor John Stein refutes the argument put forward by Professor Julian Elliot that dyslexia does not exist. He also considers how the definition of dyslexia could be tightened. About the speaker: John Stein is a professor of neuroscience in Oxford University Medical School. He is particularly interested in the auditory and visual perceptual impairments suffered by dyslexic children.
October 27, 2013
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According to the New York Times, the new GED test coming in 2014 will be harder for young adults to pass. Teachers seem more afraid of the new test than their students, as they need to consider how to teach new content rather than continue using the tried and true curricula of the past. Change is good. Raising the bar and modernizing a test to match new and modern educational standards and delivery technologies cannot help but raise instructional quality among adult educators, many of whom have no required standards, certification or licenses for teaching. As to the competition of new equivalency tests with the publishers of the GED, market competition leads to higher quality products and lower prices overall. The content will be pretty much the same… These are normed, criterion referenced tests… What a high school graduate is supposed to be able to do academically does not change much from school to school, and will be similar across tests. Here’s the NYT article.
By MOTOKO RICH
Educators worry that new standards in January will make it harder for young adults to pass the high school equivalency exam.
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August 22, 2013
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Brain scans may help diagnose dyslexia – MIT News Office.
On the left, the arcuate fasciculus is highlighted in the brain. On the right, the colors of the arcuate fasciculus indicate the level of randomness of water diffusion within the structure, which reflects the integrity of white matter tracts and fiber organization. Higher fractional anisotropy (FA) scores indicate higher tract integrity. The MIT team found that those values correlated with scores on a verbal task known as blending words (BW).