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Previous entry: Choices and consequences
Tuesday December 11 2007

As she says, fascinating:

It has long been known that dyslexics are drawn to running their own businesses, where they can get around their weaknesses in reading and writing and play on their strengths. But a new study of entrepreneurs in the United States suggests that dyslexia is much more common among small-business owners than even the experts had thought.

The report, compiled by Julie Logan, a professor of entrepreneurship at the Cass Business School in London, found that more than a third of the entrepreneurs she had surveyed - 35 percent - identified themselves as dyslexic. The study also concluded that dyslexics were more likely than nondyslexics to delegate authority, to excel in oral communication and problem solving and were twice as likely to own two or more businesses.

So,when you rescue a child from dyslexia with good teaching (as can mostly be done if the teaching really is good), do you damage the economy?  I’m not entirely joking.  The widespread equation to the effect that education equals economic development (equals as in causes) strikes me as very imperfect.

One of the most effective operators I personally know is extremely bad at spelling.