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Yes perhaps they do do as well as their peers in English and Maths
and later on, but what it doesn't do is discover whether any children
would do even better with specifically designed teaching aids to assist
them in the classroom should they know of their deficiency!
Children with the condition learn to cope and search for clues about
colour - why do we expect this in their learning in this day and age? We
bend over backwards for other special needs in the classroom!
In the interests of parents and teachers I think children should be
screened because it will prepare them for adult-hood and cope with the
problems it will cause later on. What about limitations on career choice?
knowing beforehand will help embarrassment and eliminate dissappointment
should an adult be refused a job because of their colour deficiency.
Not only that it would help children cope with the prejudice and
ridicule experienced by their peers, which still goes on in the classroom.
At least if a child knew of their deficiency it could help defending
themselves if awkard situations arise.
Also I think the BMJ should use the politically correct term now
don't you? The term Colour Blind is confusing to normal vision people!