Oh yes, you read that correctly. It’s time to stop talking about dyslexia as a problem or learning disability… as something to be “fixed”.
It turns out it’s not a dis-ability but an actual ability, just not one most of us know about. Research reveals that dyslexics are better at seeing patterns and what is called “visual gist”. Dyslexics are also found in significantly high percentages in creative and scientific fields. Like educational psychologist Jane Healy encourages us to do, we need to think of dyslexics as “different”, not “disabled”. That is, there isn’t something wrong with them, they just learn and function differently.
So much of what passes for “something to be fixed” in children has to do with a mythical image of some “learner” that has ONE profile. Fall outside of that box and you’re out of the club and in need or remediation and fixing. The move to identify these people is swift and passionate, almost with a “round ’em up” attitude. Yes, there are children who need assistance and it is right to find them and help them. But there are many who learn differently who don’t need helping or fixing. What they need is a better school system one that understands that school isn’t a one-size-fits-all operation.
If we fix all the different learners who fell outside the box, we’ll lose a lot of “outside the box” thinking. Where will that leave us? Innovation does not live in a box.