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A 10-Year-Old Girl Just Moved the World

With a special poem called 'Dyslexia'

(Newser) - A 10-year-old girl in England has surprised her teacher—and now the world—with a poem about dyslexia that's structured in a very clever way, Today reports. Jane Broadis, who teaches the girl at Christ Church School near London, tweeted the poem Wednesday: "Please share—I would love... More »

'Dyslexia' Is a Meaningless Term, New Book Argues

It's too imprecise, according to 2 academics

(Newser) - "Dyslexia" is a meaningless term that should be scrapped, two academics argue in a new book. In The Dyslexia Debate , Julian Elliott of Durham University and Dr. Elena Grigorenko of Yale say the misstep comes in searching for a blanket term with which to label children who have trouble... More »

Bad News for Lefties: You Have More Health Risks

Left-handed people more likely to develop neural disorders

(Newser) - About 10% of the population is left-handed, but a disproportionate amount of people with schizophrenia—20%—are lefties. Schizophrenia is just one of a number of psychiatric and developmental disorders that are more common in left-handed people, including dyslexia, ADHD, language difficulties, and mood disorders. Researchers think this could have... More »

Unschooled Keira Driven to Prove Her Smarts

Star has 'chip on shoulder' after she skipped university

(Newser) - Oscar nominations? Check. Intelligent, literary roles? Check. College education? Not so much. “I am completely uneducated,” Keira Knightley told the Daily Telegraph, which “leaves you with a slight chip on your shoulder.” To battle intellectual insecurity, the Atonement star, who is dyslexic and dropped out of... More »

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