In a message dated 28/10/2009 09:23:01 GMT Standard Time, [log in to unmask]
In a message dated 28/10/2009 07:25:40 GMT Standard Time, [log in to unmask]
Hmmmm, this is obviously the reason that children's bad spelling is
past the teachers then in schools.
Should that be passed ?
Having been Secondary Modern educated in the '60, where the only
inspirational teacher was the very attractive Ms who taught us English, I
been distracted the day we did past/passed 8-).
not unless it should have read " getting passed BY the teachers"!
Incidentally, I suspect a real problem is that real dyslexia is getting
missed in the schools because teachers think it is simply a middle-class
excuse for bad spelling. From before the time she started school, I suspected
my youngest daughter was dyslexic and while she learnt to read she did not
enjoy it and her spelling was enough to bring tears to the eyes. Yet every
time I raised it with her teachers I got dismissive replies "Oh no, she's
doing fine" or the classic "Oh no, only boys get dyslexia!" It was not
until she moved state schools two years before GCSE (because she was unable
to study a second foreign language at the school that her elder sisters had
been to as they had) that her new English teacher said diffidently "I
wonder if it is possible that she might have dyslexia?" I nearly kissed that
teacher! She struggled on with the express target of trying somehow to get my
daughter to pass GCSE English. At the start of the autumn term of the GCSE
year a friend who does specialised dyslexia work offered my daughter a
free weeks remedial course and despite my considerable scepticism we took her
up on it. The change was amazing and resulted in an A* pass in both
English courses. While she still has the occasional spelling lapse she now
reads for pleasure and spells perfectly adequately. However, the struggle that
I, as an articulate and informed parent, had to have her condition
recognised makes me wonder how many cases do go unnoticed by otherwise excellent