I have found it really interesting reading through this thread! I believe that the way the school system exists, it just doesn't help kids who are different to maximise their potential. I find it a tragedy that kids who are actually very talented (or have the potential to be) in their own individual "fields" (couldn't think of a better word) will often struggle at school and be forced to learn and be tested in certain ways. It saddens me that so many children get so discoouraged by the school system, when they really shouldn't have to feel that way at all. Just because a child is not skilled in the "traditional" sense ie ROTE learning, writing, reading, written comprehension etc, why should that mean they suffer through school instead of doing what they are good at?
I think that's really good that there is the laptop program you mentioned.
Also, the "dyslexia" labelling thing: why is it that it may stop someone getting a job in the professional world? Don't people with dyslexia learn to read regardless, just with more difficulty? Excuse my ignorance, I just assumed that once identified, there were strategies for them?
I agree entirely. Meet my kids and they come across as articulate, creative and bright. And they are smile
. DS1 is the most amazing lego builder and very good at sport. DS2 is 'king of the kids' in his class, socially he finds a friend wherever he goes, plus he's so creative with anything he picks up, 'I'm bored' is a phrase I've never heard come out of his mouth wink
. It is just becoming increasingly obvious that the mainstream education system does not suit their styles of learning (nor does it for so many kids), thus why I am researching my little heart out at the moment so I can help determine what they need, and how I can get it for them. The idea of home schooling has even crossed my mind lately LOL
My DH is ADD and dyslexic. He's IQ is tested in the top few percentage, much higher than my own. I graduated with an OP4. He got an OP25 (on a scale from 1-25). The school system did nothing for him, yet he went on to do a trade and runs his own successful business. He is great at what he does, but 'yes', he is still a weak reader and writer/speller despite having tried heaps of various programs through his school life (this however was 20yrs ago now of course wink
). He's memory is amazing so he is good at memorising what he needs to know too. Text is like a jumbled different language for him. I write all his business reporting/invoicing for him wink
He calls me from site if he needs help with spelling on reports. We are a good team lol smile
I am not 100% sure if it is still the same now, but when DH was contemplating career choice he could not apply for the police, defence force etc as dyslexia was classified as a disability.
YOu are right Windmill. It is all food for thought. I am learning lots as I go wink