Tuesday, May 29, 2007

What ever happened to stupid?

This reminds me of a stand up routine I saw a while back where the guy asks "what ever happened to kids being stupid?" Between ADD, ADHD and dyslexia I'm inclined to agree with him.

Dyslexia is a social fig leaf used by middle-class parents who fear their children will be labelled as low achievers, a professor has claimed.

"There is a huge stigma attached to low intelligence," he said. "After years of working with parents, I have seen how they don't want their child to be considered lazy, thick or stupid. "If they get called this medically diagnosed term, dyslexic, then it is a signal to all that it's not to do with intelligence."

He added: "There are all sorts of reasons why people don't read well but we can't determine why that is. Dyslexia, as a term, is becoming meaningless."

And its true, really. When was the last time you met a kid who was slow but didn't have some sort of excuse for it? I do believe that there are people with ADD and dyslexia out there. Intelligent, gifted people who just can't focus for a "normal" amount of time, or whose brains juxtapose letters in spite of their ability to reason logically, make deductive conclusions or analyze data. I'm almost positive, however, that those numbers are not one-in-ten.

The condition is said to impair short-term memory and the ability to read, write, spell and do maths.

In all honesty, whats the difference between that and being just plain dumb? Soon we'll have adeptexia, a condition that impairs muscle memory, hand-eye coordination and reaction time in otherwise brilliantly gifted athletes.