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Will education change who my dyslexic son is?

"Bad education seeks to make the child something other than him or herself"

By Charles Foster  

A child at work in a classroom ©Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

“Come in,” said a well-known educational psychologist. She’d spent the afternoon testing our son, Tom, who was then six. “Well,” she said, “he’s highly intelligent.” We braced ourselves for the “but.” She didn’t cushion it. “He’s also severely dyslexic.”

I was delighted. Tom had always had a dazzlingly holistic view of the world. He saw connections and context where I saw only atomistic entities. For him, the…

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