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ERIC Number: ED401524
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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The Latest Scams in Literacy Education.
Berger, Alan
The claims for the huge numbers of students suffering from the "latest scams" in literacy education--learning disability, dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, at risk, and hypoglycemia--are driven by political, economic, and social profits with minimal concern for children. While such problems exist, the phrases used to describe these conditions are often overused. The failure to learn to read has been reconceptualized as a problem of disability rather than socio-economic disadvantage. "Dyslexia" is often overused to describe a wide range of learning problems. Millions of children with a little too much energy have been labelled with attention deficit disorder, a strange "disease" for which there is no medical test. "At risk" is another overused term that has been used to pathologize what was once considered the normal range of behavior of boys. Parents are sometimes told that their children have a reading problem because they have hypoglycemia, an abnormal decrease of sugar in the blood. It is through this "loose" use of language that educators encourage the notion that failure to read and write is a physical disability rather than an academic or socioeconomic disadvantage. Nearly every child with a reading or writing problem has been "messed up" by the school or home, but nearly all of these children can be helped in the classroom. Educators must stop using words and phrases that are meaningless and nothing more than Doublespeak. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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