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August 07, 2003 National Enquirer
Enquirer blasts Tom Cruise over dyslexia claim
TOP GUN TOM UNDER FIRE! . . over claim church helped his dyslexia Top Gun » star Tom Cruise is under intense fire for claiming that his problems with dyslexia disappeared thanks to the teachings of the controversial Church of Scientology. The heartbreaking learning disability that afflicts as many as 40 million Americans simply CANNOT be treated successfully with their method, say experts. « I’m not aware of any research that supports the teaching of the Church of Scientology as a successful intervention for dyslexia, » J. Thomas Viall, executive director of the prestigious International Dyslexia Association, told The ENQUIRER. And Philip Pasho, executive director of the National Dyslexic Foundation, agreed. « Dyslexia is a condition and conditions don’t get ‘cured’ — they get dealt with, » he said. Dyslexia victims have difficulty translating spoken sounds into writing. Cruise was diagnosed with dyslexia at age 7. « I’d try to concentrate on what I was reading, then I’d get to the end of the page and have very little memory of anything I’d read, » he told an interviewer. « I’d go blank, feel anxious, nervous, bored, frustrated, dumb. « I would get angry. My legs would actually hurt when I was studying. My head ached. All through school and well into my career, I felt like I had a secret. « When I’d go to a new school, I wouldn’t want the other kids to know about my learning disability, but then I’d be sent off to remedial reading. » He still had the problem at age 22 while making « Top Gun » — the movie that made him an international superstar. Asked about that film experience, the superstar goes on Cruise control. « I got the chance to make my dream come true — to become a pilot, » he revealed. « I thought, ‘This is the time to do it.’ So I had a couple of lessons. But then I just blew it off. « When people asked what happened, I told them I was too busy. The truth is, I couldn’t learn how to do it. » But in 1986 — the year « Top Gun » was released — he became a Scientologist and began using the religion’s « Study Technology. » « I realized I could absolutely learn anything that I wanted to learn. » Viall, of the International Dyslexia Association, said he’s concerned « when an individual of the prominence of Tom Cruise makes statements that are difficult to replicate in terms of what science tells us. » Curiously, in 1992, Cruise denied to celebrity columnist Marilyn Beck that he had dyslexia! He told Beck he’d started reading faster after studying a Scientology manual. « And that convinced me, » he said, « that I had never been dyslexic. » Published on: August 7, 2003 URL: http://www.nationalenquirer.com/stories/feature.cfm?instanceid=58938
Sunday, July 03, 2005
Crime is neither random nor inevitable. It always occurs in a context, in particular the context of the individual who engages in it. While some bad people will choose to commit crimes no matter what, for others, changing the context of their lives early on could prevent them from ever entering the system.
That’s the implication of a recent study that found the incidence of dyslexia in Texas prisons is triple the rate on the outside. Dyslexia is a reading disorder that causes a person to read letters on the page as though they’re out of order, in a jumble. The Comptroller’s Fiscal Notes publication says dyslexia directly contributes to hopelessness for many Texas youth and, ultimately, to their overincarceration.[Dyslexia Research Foundation of Texas Chairman Bill] Hilgers said the incidence level is 10 percent or higher in Texas schools and about 30 percent or higher in prisons. The students either fall behind or get put in special education classes, Hilgers said. « They drop out or get into other problems, » he said. « Some end up in the criminal justice system. It creates a psychological problem. They feel stupid because they can’t read. It’s psychologically deadening–children and parents are very affected by that. » McCreary said it’s better if dyslexia is diagnosed early, though some students with the disorder aren’t identified until after third grade. « Sometimes it takes a long time to find out a student is struggling to read if he or she is smart enough to find ways to compensate for the disability, » she said. The ones who don’t learn to read because they are « smart enough » to « compensate for their disability » perhaps consitute the greatest tragedy of all — that’s the state’s talent pool falling through the cracks. Think about it: One in ten Texans, but three out of ten Texas prisoners are dyslexic?! Horrifying. That’s a direct result of the failure of our schools. This is obviously an area where greater investment in education would directly lead to lower incarceration rates and improved public safety. The folks diverted from prison would be people who otherwise would only have turned to crime out of frustration and a lack of opportunities because of a learning disorder that’s not their fault.
As usual, though, the issue is mainly about money, or, rather, the values behind decisions to spend it: Texas just isn’t investing enough to help these kids. Reports the Comptroller:Hilgers said students need a lot of one-on-one training to overcome dyslexia. Students need to spend an extra hour a day for two years concentrating on reading skills to offset the disability, he said. …« The problem with dyslexics is that kids aren’t able to sound out words or decode the sounds in words effectively, » [Scottish Rites Children’s Hospital medical director Dr. Jeffrey] Black said. « The intensive phonics system overrides that in many cases. » « We have a really good handle on what the condition is, how to identify it and intervene, » he said. « The challenge now is scaling up, preparing more teachers and identifying more children so that fewer fall through the cracks. » …Hilgers said the problem is that many school districts don’t have the funding to implement comprehensive dyslexia programs. « Schools just don’t have the funding to do that, and teachers aren’t trained to teach it, » he said. « We need at least 10,000 to 15,000 more teachers trained, and nobody has seen fit to provide them. »Training 10,000 teachers would take big bucks, but not nearly so much as would be saved by diverting so many otherwise non-criminally inclined dyslexics away from prison. Legislators have an opportunity to do just that. They’re in a special session right now on the subject of schools, and they could easily decide to pass the needed legislation under the Governor’s current « charge. » Somebody needs to step up.See Dyslexia Texas for more.posted by Gritsforbreakfast at 7:33 AM
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