BBC NEWS | England | Manchester | MP brands dyslexia a 'fiction'

BBC NEWS | England | Manchester | MP brands dyslexia a 'fiction':

"A Labour MP has claimed dyslexia is a myth invented by education chiefs to cover up poor teaching.

Backbencher Graham Stringer, MP for Blackley, describes the condition as a 'cruel fiction' that should be consigned to the 'dustbin of history'.

He believes the reason many children cannot read and write properly is that the wrong teaching methods are used.

But Charity Dyslexia Action said the condition was 'very real' to the 6m people in the UK affected by it.

Writing in a column for the website Manchester Confidential, Mr Stringer said millions of pounds were being wasted on specialist teaching for what he called a 'false' condition.

Mr Stringer argues that children should instead be taught to read and write by using a system called synthetic phonics."