Essay about The Myths Of Learning Disabilities

1694 Words Sep 17th, 2016 7 Pages
One of the problems about being a legend in any field is becoming the subject of conjecture. This imaginative inference is designed by others as a means of determining how the great hero would respond to a given situation. That is what is being presented here: an educated guess of how an icon of education would respond to the ideas of two contemporary theorists. So therefore, in this scenario one finds the fabled John Dewey philosophically sparring with present-day experts G. E. Zuriff, Lorella Terzi, and John Stuart Mills regarding their opinions of education.
In his article The Myths of Learning Disabilities, G. E. Zuriff dared to attack one of the sacred cows of education, that being the label of learning disability (LD). Zuriff went on to describe how the moniker was created during the mid-Twentieth Century as a means of describing a child of normal intelligence that is struggling in one or more, but not all, of their academic subjects. He described how some very well intentioned individuals used this concept to infer that the only way a child could do poorly in just a few courses was because he or she suffered from some sort of dysfunction neurologically. In only a few years the learning disability standard was adopted by special interest groups and eventually was established as law by the government of the United States. When this occurred, accommodation eligibility, civil rights protection, and federal money was made available for those so diagnosed with the label…

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