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Old Jan 14th 2009, 9:50 am
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A Labour MP has claimed dyslexia is a "fictional malady" invented by the "education establishment" to cover up bad teaching of reading and writing.


Dyslexic children are given extra help in the classroom



In an article for Manchester Confidential, Graham Stringer wrote: "The education establishment, rather than admit that their eclectic and incomplete methods for instruction are at fault, have invented a brain disorder called dyslexia."

The MP for Manchester Blackley said the dyslexia "industry" should be "killed off" through the "magic bullet" of teaching children to read and write by using a phonetic system of sounding letters and words.

Mr Stringer said the disability had been eradicated in West Dunbartonshire where the council has eliminated illiteracy through a special programme.

"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%.


To label children as dyslexic because they're confused by poor teaching methods is wicked.

Graham Stringer, Labour MP

"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."

Currently 35,500 students are receiving disability allowances for dyslexia, at a cost of £78.4m.

Mr Stringer added: "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.

"This reached a pinnacle of absurdity, with Naomi Gadien, a second-year medical student initiating a legal case against the General Medical Council because she believes she's being discriminated against by having to do written exams.

"I don't know about anybody else but I want my doctors, and for that matter, engineers, teachers, dentists and police officers to be able to read and write."
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A Labour MP has claimed dyslexia is a "fictional malady" invented by the "education establishment" to cover up bad teaching of reading and writing.


Dyslexic children are given extra help in the classroom



In an article for Manchester Confidential, Graham Stringer wrote: "The education establishment, rather than admit that their eclectic and incomplete methods for instruction are at fault, have invented a brain disorder called dyslexia."

The MP for Manchester Blackley said the dyslexia "industry" should be "killed off" through the "magic bullet" of teaching children to read and write by using a phonetic system of sounding letters and words.

Mr Stringer said the disability had been eradicated in West Dunbartonshire where the council has eliminated illiteracy through a special programme.

"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%.


To label children as dyslexic because they're confused by poor teaching methods is wicked.

Graham Stringer, Labour MP

"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."

Currently 35,500 students are receiving disability allowances for dyslexia, at a cost of £78.4m.

Mr Stringer added: "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.

"This reached a pinnacle of absurdity, with Naomi Gadien, a second-year medical student initiating a legal case against the General Medical Council because she believes she's being discriminated against by having to do written exams.

"I don't know about anybody else but I want my doctors, and for that matter, engineers, teachers, dentists and police officers to be able to read and write."
Are you sure you have time for this when you should really be digging out your own dictionary?
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Are you sure you have time for this when you should really be digging out your own dictionary?
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Old Jan 14th 2009, 10:58 am
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I think cancer is made up as well, imagine how much money we could save by deleting it as a class of disease .

Maybe we should just admit that if you get sick and die it was as God/Allah/your chosen diety's will? Stop fighting and save cash not funding the NHS. Prayers will be offered as propper treatment for all diseases and if your diety is real and loves you he will save you (Maybe with a caveat that you've lived your life by some moral code or other). Unreasonable?
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I think cancer is made up as well,
Try telling that to the millions of people that have lost their friends/relatives/pets to cancer.

I think you might need to run for cover at this point.....
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Try telling that to the millions of people that have lost their friends/relatives/pets to cancer.

I think you might need to run for cover at this point.....
You won't find sarcasm under "C" though.
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I think you might need to run for cover at this point.....
Just coking about, there mite be something in this dilexeea thing after all .
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