Systematic failure leads to unacceptable prevalence of dyslexia and other reading problems

December 22nd, 2012

The release of international literacy results and Australia’s poor performance (27th out of 45 countries in year 4 reading, the lowest of any English-speaking nation) has prompted leading academics and clinicians to write an open letter to Federal and State Ministers of Education. The letter points to problems with the way teachers are trained to teach reading; that is, they are not. It urges Ministers to take the vast scientific literature on reading and reading difficulties into account when making policy. We can but hope.

The letter and on a companion piece from The Australian newspaper is attached below. Here is a link to Jennifer Buckingham’s excellent op-ed in The Financial Review on the same topic.

Open Letter to all Federal and State Ministers of Education copy

A decade of lost action on literacy _ The Australian

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