Interesting as this discussion on spelling in education is, I am concerned by its relevance to the list.
I am bothered by the dyslexia mention as an excuse for poor education.
I am dyslexic, had a first class education in a comprehensive with a great teacher (who I still keep in touch with) who saw my potential, helped and encouraged me into archaeology, I graduated from 2 universities, ran a unit for a while and now look after archaeology and half of a natural history museum collection. I enjoy the job greatly.
I have come across a number in archaeology and some who did not admit until they knew they were talking to another dyslexic.
Dyslexia is not simply bad spelling or poor teaching. It is a registered disability. I take a little longer sometimes accomlishing tasks and have a number of proof-readers including my wife for text. I concentrate on my strengths not weaknesses.
Spelling is a real issue but poor spelling should not be confused with the spercific disorder.
It is not an excuse used by schools for bad spelling however there is a stigma attached so that many people do not admit to suffering it. It is more recognised now by teachers due to incerased awareness.
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From: British archaeology discussion list [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of John Wood
Sent: 28 October 2009 10:50
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Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Spelling
Incidentally, I suspect a real problem
>>Catherine Stallybrass wrote:
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.
Or perhaps that most teachers are not qualified in the study of 'Cognative Behaviour' which dyslexia is an example, if more clinically.
However from my bitter experience the field of mental health is in a greater infancy than any field within archaeology, most of the time the practitioners are stabbing out into the dark hoping that they discover something.
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