Jerry Hall has announced to the world that all her kids are dylsexic.
It's sad to hear, because dyslexia can be an unfortunate affliction for any child. Being compromised in your ability to read, write or recognise the written word and/or numerals must be a very frustrating condition to live with, is often embarrassing to admit to and often leads people to intellectual self doubt.
I don't think it's exactly insightful of me to suggest that dyslexia as a condition demands a significant effort to overcome - particularly so if you happen to attend a school in which additional help is not adequately available, as is often the case with children less privileged than Ms Hall's.
What dyslexia is not, however, what it definitely is not, is "a gift":
'The Texan model Jerry Hall has revealed that all her children with the lead singer of the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, have dyslexia. Elizabeth, 23, a model, James, 21, Georgia May, 15, and nine-year-old Gabriel all have the learning difficulty, said Hall, who has herself been diagnosed with dyslexia. "They all take after me. Being dyslexic is difficult at the very beginning but as you get older you learn to cope with it and I think it's great."
The condition is inherited, and is believed to affect one in 10 people in the population. Ms Hall, 50, told Closer magazine she believed the condition was "a gift because it makes you think differently".'
Well, yes. Having dyslexia DOES require you to think differently - just as having a physical disability requires you to MOVE differently. Being autistic requires children to think differently too, and while some of the effects of that different thinking can be positive - and in some cases near miraculous (think Stephen Wiltshire) it is nothing short of insulting to suggest that such a disability is anything other than that - a DISABILITY.
It's great that she is supportive of the condition from which her children suffer, and it's great that she is in a financial position to be able to offer them the best educational care (and thus ensure that it doesn't necessarily compromise their chances of future success) but it's fairly insulting to the many millions of people whose educational and professional lives have been made more difficult by dyslexia to blithely declare to the world that you think "it's great"...