Impact of Public Education on Dyslexics

The United States Department of Education has established a public school system in which students are required to meet standard expectations for graduation. Its purpose is to provide free, quality education for all citizens.

The traditional classroom has become more technologically advanced from the one in which our parents learned. However, not everyone can experience success within the system. School can be challenging for dyslexic students.

Dyslexics are known to learn differently from the average non-dyslexic student. Reading and processing difficulties can socially impact students with their peers, who may stereotype dyslexic students as being “stupid and slow.”

Words cannot only portray a message, but can cause emotional pain. Ask any dyslexic what their biggest fear in school would be, and the answer most likely is the experience of reading aloud to others. Ironically, the dyslexic student could actually be more intelligent than their mocking peers. We cannot deny any student the education that they deserve.

If so, how can we ensure success for students with learning differences?

All qualified students should receive the appropriate accommodations. Many students go through the system “waiting to see” classroom assistance. A student’s learning style is not his or her fault. Special Education has the responsibility to support the educational needs of students to ensure equal opportunity and success in the classroom.

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) provides reliable resources and information “committed to the responsible and wide dissemination of research based knowledge.”

While not every student fits the standard, they have something unique to contribute to the classroom.  We can educate school administrators and teachers to understand what dyslexic students experience in the classroom. We all have something to learn from each other.

For additional information, check out the IDA website at