Tuesday, September 18, 2012
$60 Haircut: TNP makes Minister Heng looks bad
I am familiar with dyslexia, the DAS and their intervention programs, which failed to work for my daughter.
In our society special needs kids are often inadvertently made to feel unwanted. If you have kid that is severely dyslexic, you carry a heavy burden because the academic pressure is much heavier. I sympathize with Madam Ong trials.
I quote from the TNP article:
The article makes it look like the boy was unfairly judged because he really had problems with memory. However the writer needed to be more precise. The boy poor memory is over words and not objects. In this instance the object is a letter from the school to be shown to his mom.
Min Heng is right that dyslexics aren't forgetful but they can exhibit specific forms of poor memory. This article had painted the minister as intolerant and unfair, which I don't think is true. This is sloppy thinking and reporting from TNP.
The opportunistic TNP was just indulging in low grade journalism and insulting the intelligence of its readers. Clara Tan from the DAS must be pretty unhappy to have her professional input misused this way.
SPH should train reporters from the TNP better especially if they are read by less thoughtful readers who are at risk of being misinformed.
Posted by PengYou at 1:12 PM