SCORES: Don’t leave dyslexics behind

Print Article

Were you interested reading the editorial about state test scores? School readiness is critically important, yet there is no mention of students with dyslexia, which affects one in five people. Next time you are out, think of the loss of 20% of the people around you. No one “gets over” dyslexia, but there are a number of strategies that can assist students if the teachers have been given the proper training.

Idaho is the only Western state that does not have a dyslexia-specific law to protect and assist these students. Dyslexics are covered under Americans with Disabilities Act, but that only helps if parents know enough to advocate for them. Dyslexia is genetic.

The editor shows his thinking with, “The youngest kids aren’t being taught or encouraged to read at home.” How many things do you do, dear Editor, which you are unable? Indisputably, the broader a student’s exposure to literature, the broader his or her vocabulary will grow. That does not, however, translate into their ability to read, as reading is beyond word calling.

Famous dyslexic Steve Jobs created fonts on computers. He created them because he was not interested in college academia, instead focusing on calligraphy. Although Jobs never finished college, he gave a commencement address at Stanford that is embedded in all Apple products. Dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence.

Teaching all of our students does not take away from our brightest academic students. Rather it enriches our schools all lives. It takes a different delivery so that ALL students learn and enrich our community!

KAY RICE, M.Ed.

Hayden

Print Article

Read More Letters to the Editor

ANGEL: Showed up at Lowe’s

October 13, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press I would like to thank the person who turned my purse in to customer service at Lowe’s on Tuesday. I had gone shopping there. When I left, I picked up my purchase but left my purse in the basket. I a...

Comments

Read More

INMATE: I did look it up

October 13, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press To Ms. Holland, M.S., according to Webster’s College Dictionary, I didn’t have an Oxford handy, “inmate… 1. a person who is confined in a prison, hospital, etc.” Mr. Murphy wasn’t clear as to what ty...

Comments

Read More

URBAN RENEWAL: What Mary said

October 13, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Mary Souza is absolutely right. I believe that I am just as thankful for all the improvements in our city over the last several years as the next guy, but the urban renewal program is just a back all...

Comments

Read More

WOOD: Continue exemplary service

October 13, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press I’m supporting Christie Wood for Coeur d’Alene City Council Seat 1 for numerous reasons, but most important to me is her experience in local schools. Our community’s growth and overcrowded schools is...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2019 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X