Do We Believe In Children…With Dyslexia?

When I moved to Silicon Valley in 1993 Businessweek Magazine was a staple of my reading diet.  Over time it became less important–less relevant to me.  I wasn’t the only one who felt this way, which lead to Bloomberg buying and reinventing the magazine.

Recently, Nick Lieber published a story for Bloomberg Businessweek titled, “New Dyslexia Documentary Explains Entrepreneur Link.”  I felt it was an important story for teachers who work with students who happen to be dyslexic.

Mr. Lieber begins by referring to the work of a Professor Julie Logan:

In 2007, Julie Logan, a professor of entrepreneurship at Cass Business School in London, released the results of a study of 102 entrepreneurs in the U.S. showing that 35 percent identified themselves as dyslexic. This is strikingly high when compared with a national incidence rate of 10 percent in the general population.

He then refers to a Businessweek article from 2007 by Gabrielle Coppola:

The broader implication, [Logan] says, is that many of the coping skills dyslexics learn in their formative years become best practices for the successful entrepreneur. A child who chronically fails standardized tests must become comfortable with failure. Being a slow reader forces you to extract only vital information, so that you’re constantly getting right to the point. Dyslexics are also forced to trust and rely on others to get things done—an essential skill for anyone working to build a business.

Leibers’ article extols the virtues of an upcoming documentary from HBO2 called “Journey Into Dyslexia”.   This documentary and the articles referenced in this post point to two questions.

Do we have vision for students with dyslexia?

Do we believe in them?

Take a look at this quick clip from Jon Mooney to get a feel for what’s possible when we do believe…and check out the documentary–maybe have your students and parents watch it.










About Russ Ewell

Since 1994 I have been devoted to the research and application of innovative technology solutions to education. My passion for these pursuits has been driven by my experience as a parent of children with special needs. During the economic technological growth explosion of the 1990's I was lived and worked in Silicon Valley, and was fortunate enough to find a group of people with similar interests and passions. As a result I was able to launch a non-profit called Hope Technology Group whose mission became advancing the use of technology in education. We eventually launched Hope Technology School, which has used technology to build a fascinating and effective educational program that practices full inclusion. Around the same time, I was fortunate enough to develop and build an awarding winning program called E-Soccer with the help of great friends and excellent coaches. These endeavors have left me with a continuing hunger to learn more about the possibilites of education, technology, and inclusion.

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