Dyslexia – Man Made {Part 2}

I was explaining how John Dewey influenced the method of how we teach how to read. To expand on this I wonder if you realize that our current method actual contributes to dyslexia.
In Samuel Blumenfeld’s book the NEA a Trojan horse in American education he points out that the look say method, using pictures with the alphabet, actually is how dyslexia became a house hold word.
You see pictures are processed on one side of the brain while the alphabet is the other. This jumbles up in the brain and one of the negative results is dyslexia.
If you are not sure let’s look at the real life results. Before this method was introduced 1 in a 1000 American’s suffered with dyslexia… Today according to the Dyslexia Institute between 15 and 20 percent of American adults have some form of it. That means around 150 to 200 times more people suffer from it today than when we taught reading phonically only. In 1984 the Boston Globe estimated that 40% of America’s Adults are illiterate.
A man named Rudolf who wrote the book “Why Johnny Can’t Read” and later wrote “Why Johnny Still Can’t Read” warned our educational leaders with 11 research studies showing the dangers and inferiority of this method. It not only fell on deaf ears they began to discredit him. Something I know about personally.
I truly hope this disturbs you as much as it did me. Benjamin Franklin said, “A Bible and a newspaper in every house, a good school in every district –are the principal supports of virtue, morality, and civil liberty.”
You can see how important Mr. Franklin believed about reading and education. The Bible for virtue and morality, a newspaper {back then it was a bit more reliable and honest} to keep informed and a school for knowledge of how America came into being and retain our civil liberties.
We have allowed all of this to be taken away. If we want America back the way it was intended we must take education back, away from those who hate America. Bring back the basics to our education system and teach academics not social subjects is the first step.
You can learn much more about this in my book “Public Schools – The Worst Case of Child Abuse in American History.”
Discipline is something we will talk about next.

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