A number of parents of children with dyslexia are pushing the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District to implement a more phonics-focused curriculum, according to Avi Wolfman-Arent of The Why Podcast.
The parents believe that, despite being one of the highest-rated school districts in Pennsylvania, it is not properly diagnosing dyslexia.
Jennifer Arnott said that her son Declan had always struggled with reading. So, she pulled him out of the district in eighth grade and transferred him to a private school focused on children with reading difficulties. At 16, he went to an outside evaluator who determined he has dyslexia.
Arnott is also an initiator of the Dyslexia Awareness Campaign. The movement, now supported by a number of academics and parents, believes schools need to use more phonics.
The Tredyffrin/Easttown School District says it has to focus on what is best for all of its students.
“I feel very confident in the reading instruction that we provide right now for our students,” said Dr. Wendy Towle, who is in charge of curriculum.
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