This Week’s Thought of the Week…
I was interested in an article in InPsych magazine recently (Feb 2019, Vol 41, Issue 1), which is the bulletin of the Australian Psychological Society Limited. The article on pp. 48 – 53, entitled Reading Controversies by Dr Catherine Scott, outlined the international prevalence of reading difficulties.
Estimates for the rate of occurrence in Australia varies from 10 – 16%, and in the US and Canada from 5 – 20%, whereas in China (3.9%), Italy (3.1 – 3.2%) and Germany (1.9 – 2.6%) they are considerably lower. English speaking countries seem to rate higher in reading difficulty/ disability. Language itself may contribute to these difficulties, alongside some neurological basis, according to the author.
What is definitely concerning is that literacy may be declining with every generation in Australia. According to Professor Angela Morgan at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, “Aussie kids’ speech and language skills were the worst they have ever been, and we are raising a generation of children who may not be able to read instructions or hold down a job.”
If you are interested in reading more, check out this online article, with the full website below: